The Transparency for Development Project will generate rigorous and actionable evidence about whether, why, and in what contexts local transparency and accountability interventions improve development outcomes. This is achieved over three primary activities: an intervention, evaluation, and second phase of work.
The project began with the co-design of a new transparency and accountability intervention that builds on existing evidence, research and practitioner experience. We have worked with local civil society organization partners in Tanzania and Indonesia to design a new way for communities to use information on service delivery problems to design and undertake social actions to hold those in power accountable for better outcomes.
Following the intervention, T4D designed and implemented a mixed-methods evaluation, leveraging quantitative (randomized controlled trial) and qualitative (including ethnography, observations and key informant interviews) methods to answer whether transparency and accountability can improve outcomes, in what contexts, and using what mechanisms.
Building on lessons from Indonesia and Tanzania, Phase Two adapted the intervention from Phase One to pilot and analyze the potential of government-community collaboration to improve the effectiveness of community-led action to improve health in three additional countries (Ghana, Malawi and Sierra Leone).