Does Transparency and Accountability Improve Health?


Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 4:15pm to 5:30pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mount Auburn St., Floor 2, Suite 200N

Six years ago, the Transparency for Development (T4D) project sought to uncover new and unique evidence on the role of community-led transparency and accountability in improving health outcomes – and how and why we see mixed evidence when these interventions are implemented in the real world.  Based on large-scale mixed methods research utilizing quantitative and qualitative approaches in two countries (Indonesia and Tanzania) and small innovative pilots in three additional countries (Ghana, Malawi, and Sierra Leone), the project now has a lot more information about how these popular approaches to citizen engagement and participation work – and ways in which they can fail to reach their goals. Join us to hear the T4D team share results – including the good, the bad, and the unclear – from this one-of-a-kind research project and discuss what is needed next in the field.


  • Dan Levy, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, HKS; Principal Investigator, T4D
  • Stephen Kosack, Visiting Associate Professor of Public Policy, HKS; Principal Investigator, Transparency, T4D 
  • Jessica Creighton, Assistant Director and Principal Investigator, T4D


  • Jane Mansbridge, Charles F. Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, HKS 

Refreshments will be served. 

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This event is co-sponsored by the Center for International Development. 

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Prior to this event, you are invited to join us at 2:15 pm for a discussion about the path forward for transparency and accountability for health, Finding New Opportunities for Transparency, Accountability, and Civic Participation to Improve Health. The event will be held on the Harvard Kennedy School campus in the Wexner G02 seminar room.