As parliaments assume a responsibility to monitor whether the laws they have passed are implemented as intended and have the expected impact, post-legislative scrutiny (PLS) is increasingly recognized as an important dimension within the oversight role and the legislative role of parliament and an integral part of the legislative cycle.
The indicators for PLS aim to measure how effective a parliament is in performing PLS and help parliaments consider options for upgrading or strengthening PLS practices. They are called ‘parliamentary and legislative’ indicators as they include both indicators regarding the role of parliaments in PLS as well as indicators related to the legislative process and the quality of legislation as far as relevant to PLS. The indicators are designed as a tool for self-reflection and recording of current practice that will allow the exchange of good practice and experience. The concept note on the project provides further guidance on applying the indicators.