"This study seeks to establish the state of parliamentary scorecard development, challenges to its future development, and possible routes forward to develop a universal parliamentary evaluation framework using a scorecard methodology that will assist African parliaments, civil society, donors, scholars, and other stakeholders in their work. The purpose of this study is to review the place of scorecards in the measurement of parliamentary performance, with particular interest in the prospects for using scorecards with African parliaments. This is not a merely theoretical curiosity; effective capacity enhancing projects and programs begin with an assessment of existing capacity and a definition of needs. In the case of parliaments, that has always proven to be a complex and difficult task. Developing a widely accepted parliamentary scorecard would simplify the task of identifying capacity gaps as well as facilitating dialogue among more diverse groups of parliamentary stakeholders."