Date: December 2016
Authors: Jonathan Fox
Publication type: Working Paper
Published by: Making All Voices Count, Accountability Research Center
This working paper argues that the growing field of transparency, participation and accountability (TPA) needs a conceptual reboot, to address the limited traction gained so far on the path to accountability.
To inform more strategic approaches and to identify the drivers of more sustainable institutional change, fresh analytical work is needed. This paper makes the case for one among several possible strategic approaches by distinguishing between “scaling up” and “taking scale into account”. This proposition grounds an explanation of the vertical integration strategy, which involves multi-level coordination by civil society organizations of policy monitoring and advocacy, grounded in broad pro-accountability constituencies.
Figure 1 Seeking synergy: multi-level independent policy monitoring and advocacy
This research summary is based on one section of a longer research paper by Jonathan Fox. Both the summary and the paper have been co-produced by the Empowerment and Accountability Research Programme – led by the Institute of Development Studies and funded by UK aid from the UK government – and Making All Voices Count.
It’s been a busy few months in Making All Voices Count. The programme’s strategic focus has shifted towards maximising opportunities for learning from the wide range of innovative projects and research the programme has supported.
While I’ve been managing the MAVC research programme, we have built up a diverse portfolio of over 60 research projects, some completed, the majority coming to an end over the next year.
That’s a lot of new knowledge and evidence to bolster and inform the work of the diverse actors engaging in the open government space.