Scaling social accountability for health: leveraging public policies and programmes
Programme of work
Enhancing evidence transferability
World Vision UK
University of Cape Town
The World Bank
Santa Catarina State University, Udesc Politeia Research Group
January 2020 to May 2020 (TBC)
Indonesia and Afghanistan
This study will develop a middle-range theory focusing on the causal mechanisms and contextual conditions through which social accountability interventions, that are complementary to public sector interventions, may contribute to:
- Behavioural and relationships changes, e.g. multi-stakeholder collaboration and/or co-production of services and accountability;
- Operational change, by strengthening health delivery systems; and
- Institutional change, by scaling of programmatic participation for health policymaking.
The study seeks to build a mid-level theoretical framework on the development value addition of social accountability as it is embedded in health sector programmes and policies at scale, focusing on its function (what) and its mechanisms (how).
The study will use an inductive–deductive approach to theory building. It will develop concepts and explore relationships among them, drawing on research, evaluations, monitoring and evaluation, and the team’s tacit knowledge. Process tracing will be the principal research method.
It will draw on comparative case studies of social accountability programmes in Afghanistan and Indonesia, as well as broader evidence base related to the social accountability programmes from World Vision and the World Bank.
A strengthened middle-range theoretical framework will provide policymakers with the capacity to make more evidence-based decisions about the implementation of social accountability interventions, particularly in relation to efforts to scale up these interventions.