Improvements on the horizon
MEP Software has been asked by the public to come up with the true-to-life and scientific method of presenting the parliamentary activities in the most accurate way.
One of the obstacles we are devoted to overcoming is the limitations of the data – statistics, which is made public by the European Parliament. The EP’s website publishes the data without recognizing how complex, laborious and demanding are the underlying work processes. Our goal is to differentiate all types of activities depending on the consumed time and efforts.
Currently, the Activity Score computes the proportion of MEP’s performance against the highest quantity in every activity on a weekly basis. It is a straightforward numerical method linked to the seven types of activities, the attendance in plenary and participation in roll-call votes. The improved score will, in turn, take into account the different sub-types of activities.
The update of weights assigned to each parliamentary activity will rely on rigorous study. In early October the Scientific Advisor from our partner institution DataRADA, Julii Selianko (PhD Fellow, Marie Curie Research Programme) started conducting research interviews with numerous experts on the EU affairs – the assistants of the Members of the European Parliament and the officials of the Secretariat, University professors and the desk officers from the think tanks and NGOs. The results will make sure the Activity Score recognize the workload context of the committees and the difficulty of each important activity carried out by the Members of the European Parliament.
In addition to the in-depth interviews, we have designed a new survey. Our online survey asks the EU affairs experts to weigh the difficulty of certain Parliamentary activities. The mix of qualitative and quantitative methods will deliver the most accurate insights to the public.
The results of the research will be published in January 2017.