Module 8: Tracking and Updating the Law

This module teaches the eighth and final stage of the policy surveillance process: tracking and updating the law. 

When tracking and updating the law, researchers will periodically check for new laws or updates to the existing laws that are included in a project, and update the project accordingly. 

Steps in tracking and updating the law 

This module provides a step-by-step guide to tracking and updating the law.

The steps are: 

  1. Search for updates

  2. Collect the law

  3. Create the new legal text

  4. Code new iterations

  5. Conduct quality control processes

  6. Update publication documents

  7. Republish project 

Additional Resources 

Below, you will find a slide deck that teaches you how to track and update the law, as well as additional resources that will assist you in this process. Please explore the other modules if you are interested in learning more about policy surveillance. 

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