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This article makes three contributions to the literature. First, it provides new evidence of the impact of community monitoring interventions using a unique dataset from the Citizen Visible Audit (CVA) program in Colombia. In particular, this article studies the effect of social audits on citizens’ assessment of service delivery performance. The second contribution is the introduction a theoretical framework to understand the pathway of change, the necessary building blocks that are needed for social audits to be effective. Using this framework, the third contribution of this article is answering the following questions: i) under what conditions do citizens decide to monitor government activity and ii) under what conditions do governments facilitate citizen engagement and become more accountable.
This edition of IDEA is based on a new IDB book entitled Who Decides Social Policy?. This seminal study tries to better understand why social and economic programs are not more effective in Latin America and the Caribbean by supplementing political economy analysis with a new technique--Social Network Analysis (SNA)--that provides a detailed view of the informal connections between individuals and ... (View publication)
Why do some social programs succeed while others do not? Because public policies are not designed and implemented in a vacuum: they are an integral part of the policymaking process. This book endeavors to understand how the decision-making process works in practice through a combined analysis of social networks and political economy. Use and application of these instruments make it possible to exa ... (View publication)
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