Citizen Voices and Evidence-Informed Policy

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Fossil fuel subsidies: Can transparency promote reforms? 

Fossil fuel subsidies are “the world’s dumbest policy,” argued the editorial board of Bloomberg Media last September. They persist, despite relatively low oil prices. And while fuel subsidies can take many forms, there is overwhelming consensus among researchers that the estimated $5.3 trillion in fuel subsidies worldwide each year is bad for people and the planet. Although many governments acknowledge these facts and seem ...
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Help us learn about active citizens and accountable government 

How can citizens around the world hold their governments accountable for high-quality public services like education, health care, and water?  There are no perfect answers to that complex question, but we have a hunch:  Our hypothesis is that, in combination, more information about how governments raise and spend money, active participation by people in the…
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A global evidence-informed policymaking extravaganza 

Hold onto your seats, evidence enthusiasts! Whether you’re a fan of evidence-informed policymaking, evidence-based decisions, or just what works, you’re in for an action-packed few weeks. Not even the most globetrotting devotee could make all the events September and October have in store, so here is a quick guide to what’s on, what we’re watching for, ...
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How we’re implementing our transparency, participation and accountability strategy 

Back in December, Global Development and Population Program Director Ruth Levine published our refreshed strategy to “make transparency matter.” At its heart is the assumption that we need to do more than just make information about government budgets and public services available — such information needs to be relevant, actionable and context-specific if civil society ...
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Q&A with Joseph Asunka on the big hurdle to using aid data 

The International Aid Transparency Initiative aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, use and understand. It’s meant to help individuals in developing countries and donor countries see where aid, development and humanitarian money comes from, where it goes, and whether it helps reduce poverty.  The IATI Members’ Assembly, which includes country governments,…
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Early Learning Innovation Fund Evaluation Final Report 

The Hewlett Foundation commissioned Management Systems International to conduct a formative evaluation of the Early Learning Innovation Fund, which began in 2011 as part of the Quality Education in Developing Countries (QEDC) Initiative, a partnership between the Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This report is part of a series of evaluations ...

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