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AuthorBosley, John
SubjectParliamentary Issues
Date of Publication2007
Number of Pages46 pages
Geographical CoverageAfrica
KeywordsParliament, Parliament and Democracy, Lawmaking, PARLIAMENTARY EVALUATION, Parliamentary Scorecard, African Peer Review Mechanism
AbstractAs part of its Knowledge Management program, the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) supports six Technical Advisory Panels and Networks (TAP-NETS), which are essentially knowledge networks or communities, one for each of the Foundation’s core competencies. PARLIANET is one of these networks, providing guidance and knowledge sharing on parliamentary performance improvement and practices in sub-Saharan Africa. Developing better frameworks for parliamentary performance evaluation is of fundamental importance to the work of PARLIANET. This paper seeks to examine the current state of the art in evaluating parliamentary performance and assess progress towards the development of a scorecard for parliamentary evaluation. In the evolution of the democratic process, the use of a scorecard and related measurement methodologies has proven very helpful. For example, scorecards are now regularly used to assess whether an election has been fully ‘free and fair’. In the case of election evaluation, indexing, or ‘score carding,’ has proven to be valuable in measuring performance within and across countries. Other democratic process indices widely recognized and accepted as methods of evaluating governance include the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index and the Freedom House Freedom in the World index. These indices have proven invaluable in evaluating progress within countries over time as well as cross-nationally. Using data from these indices has allowed governments to demonstrate progress in governance in a simple and concrete manner, democracy practitioners to zero in on particular areas of need, civil society to bring credibility to governance issues, and academic research to undertake regression analysis with a trusted and relatively unbiased aggregated evaluation.
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