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World E-Parliament Reports


Global Centre for ICT in Parliament

Stated Purpose: 

The report has a two-folded purpose 
1. Establish criteria for assessing the level of  ICT adoption globally among all parliaments  
2. Provide a tool to assist an individual parliament assess the state of  its own technology level

Area of Governance: 
Funding Source: 

UNited Nations & Inter-Parliamentary Union

Current usage: 

Used by ICT Parliament to document the efforts of legislatures to use information and communication technologies (ICT) to support their constitutional functions.

Type of data used: 

Primary data: Responses to questionnaires handed out to national parliamentarians.


Country Coverage: 156 Parliaments globally
Year Coverage: 2008, 2010, 2012 (conducted every second year)

Contact details: 

Global Centre for Information and Communication Technologies in Parliament
Corso Vittorio Emanuele II,
251 00186 Rome,
Tel: (+39) 06 68136320, ext. 214
Fax: (+39) 06 68211960


The methodology is based on the survey questions and the six categories of  technology which  they assess: 1. Oversight and management of  ICT; 2. Infrastructure, services, applications and training; 3. Systems and standards for creating legislative documents and information; 4. Library and research services; 5. Parliamentary websites; 6. Communication between citizens and parliaments.

Each of  these categories was assigned a maximum score intended to reflect its relative value with respect to the others. Because of  the importance of  parliamentary websites, especially for  achieving the goal of  transparency, and the importance of  communication between citizens and  parliaments, particularly for achieving the goal of accessibility and engagement of  citizens, these categories were each assigned a higher score than the other four categories.  

Each category was then broken down into sub-categories that identified its key components; these sub-categories were also assigned maximum possible scores that reflected their importance relative to other sub-categories. The combined scores of  the sub-categories under a given category totaled the score possible for category.

Format of results: 

In percentage 

Valid Use: 

Can be used to identify gaps in national ICTs technology and promote changes of these. 

Invalid Use: 

The methodology is based on the answers provided by each parliament. The accuracy of  the methodology therefore depends on the accuracy of  those answers, which were not independently  verified. In this sense the survey is a self  assessment.

Example results: