Finding New Opportunities for Transparency, Accountability, and Civic Participation to Improve Health


Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 2:15pm to 3:30pm


WEX-G02 Seminar Room, Harvard Kennedy School

For the past several decades, transparency and accountability advocates and practitioners have pursued civic participation programs as promising mechanisms to solve persistent problems with primary health quality and demand. However, the research, including the recent Transparency for Development study led by the Harvard Kennedy School and Results for Development, has not been able to show a consistent positive picture of the link between transparency and accountability and better health outcomes. While these results do not imply that transparency and accountability never works, nor that such approaches cannot have other positive impact outside of health, the growing evidence base should push advocates for civic participation in health to consider difficult questions regarding where opportunities for the future of this work lie.

On September 25, our discussion will focus on these challenging and critical questions regarding the path forward for transparency and accountability for health with three experts with diverse perspectives on this issue:

  • Archon Fung, Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Principal Investigator of the Transparency for Development Project
  • Margaret Kruk, Associate Professor of Global Health, Harvard School of Public Health
  • Alison Miranda, Senior Learning Officer, Transparency and Accountability Initiative


  • Jean Arkedis, Senior Program Director, Results for Development

Light refreshments will be served.

Continue the discussion

Following this event, please join us at an event titled, When, Where, and How Does Transparency and Accountability Improve Health? This event, starting at 4:15 pm at the Ash Center, will go more in depth on results from the Transparency for Development (T4D) Project