Following extensive consultation with gender experts, academics, civil society organizations and colleagues in the World Bank Group, the Women, Business and the Law team designs questionnaires that are administered to a large sample of lawyers, judges, academics and members of civil society organizations in 190 economies. These local experts—who complete the surveys on a pro bono basis—are identified by their expertise in the various areas of laws covered by the report.
The team further engages with the local experts through conference calls, written correspondence and in-person meetings on country visits. The team then analyzes all questionnaire responses, verifying each answer against the corresponding primary legal source. Lastly, the data undergoes a thorough internal review process in which comments on the data are received from across the World Bank Group.
For Women, Business and the Law 2020 examination of the data, 35 questions are scored across the eight indicators in the index. These questions are based on data collected over the project’s ten years of existence. While many questions are consistent with previous cycles of Women, Business and the Law, some questions have been combined or reformulated and the data has been recalculated to build a 50-year panel.
Data for Somalia, Venezuela RB and Yemen has been included in the 2020 report.
Information on the construction of the panel, the methodology and the scoring for each question can be found in the Data Notes, available on the Women, Business and the Law website at: wbl.worldbank.org.