Much has been made of the potential of bottom-up accountability as a pathway to improve governance and development outcomes; however there is less consensus regarding what “bottom-up accountability” means, how to achieve it, and how effective it is in improving health, education, and other outcomes that affect people’s livelihoods.
The Transparency for Development program – led by Results for Development Institute and the Harvard Kennedy School – is a mixed-method multi-country design and evaluation program that is seeking to answer these questions. Working with civil society organizations in Tanzania and Indonesia, the program has designed a mechanism for engaging with and empowering citizens to hold service providers and local governments accountable for providing better health services, specifically in maternal and neonatal health. Using quantitative and qualitative evaluation approaches, including both ethnography and randomized control trials, the program is currently measuring the success and bottlenecks of achieving bottom-up accountability from the community level that translates to healthier mothers and babies.
This webinar will highlight the components of the Transparency for Development program, including early findings from the pilot in Tanzania and Indonesia. The speakers will further discuss the implications of this research on assessing the effectiveness of bottom-up accountability across other sectors, and for policymakers at the sub-national and national levels seeking to leverage open government and transparency efforts towards improved delivery of public sector services.