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February 2018


This month, ARC published the first dual language Accountability Note in English and Spanish with Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems (CEGSS). Author Walter Flores (@walterfloresm), director of CEGSS, traces the lessons learned from a decade of evidence-based citizen action for health in Guatemala. We also hosted our first public event at American University School of International Service, a panel discussion on Contested Terrain: Action Research for Public Accountability in the Global South. 
 
Lecciones sobre acción ciudadana en Guatemala.
Lecciones sobre acción ciudadana y rendición de cuentas en los servicios públicos de salud de Guatemala. La mayoría de las teorías de cambio en el campo de la transparencia y la rendición de cuentas asumen que la evidencia cientí ca rigurosa aumenta la posibilidad de incidir en la toma de decisiones a nivel gubernamental. Los expertos académicos se han dedicado a generar este tipo de evidencia. Durante la última década, el Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS) ha buscado usar evidencia sobre el desempeño de los servicios públicos de salud para incidir en la toma de decisiones a nivel gubernamental y promover la participación de los usuarios de los servicios en municipios indígenas rurales de Guatemala. Al mismo tiempo que los usuarios se involucraron en la recopilación de evidencia, se implementaron estrategias de acción cívica para que los usuarios interactúen con las autoridades y promover la resolución de los problemas en los servicios públicos.

Learning and Adapting for Accountable Public Health in Guatemala.

How Can Evidence Bolster Citizen Action? Learning and Adapting for Accountable Public Health in Guatemala. Most theories of change in the field of transparency and accountability assume that scientifically rigorous evidence increases the possibility of influencing officials and decision-makers. Generating this evidence has been the work of academic experts. Over the last decade, the Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y la Gobernanza de los Sistemas de Salud (the Center for the Study of Equity and Governance in Health Systems, or CEGSS) has considered the question of how to use evidence to influence authorities and promote participation by users of public services in rural indigenous municipalities of Guatemala. Throughout a decade of work, we learned that methods for gathering evidence that draw in participation from the wider community, that help communities to tell their stories, and that facilitate collective action among service users tend to be the most powerful to influence responsiveness from authorities at local and regional levels of government.

Contested Terrain: Action Research for Public Accountability

On February 27, 2018, ARC hosted a panel discussion on Contested Terrain: Action Research for Public Accountability in the Global South. Director Jonathan Fox was joined in the lively discussion by three distinguished advisors to ARC: Joy Aceron, Convenor-director of Government Watch (Philippines) and ARC research fellow; Abhijit Das, Global Convener, COPASAH and Director, Centre for Health and Social Justice (India) and; Miguel Pulido, Director of Critical Thinking Advocates (Creatura) an International Consultancy on politics, communication and research for social advocacy. Sarah Chayes, Senior fellow in Carnegie Endowment’s Democracy and Rule of Law program and author of Thieves of State: Why Corruption Threatens Global Security moderated the discussion.
Jonathan Fox, Miguel Pulido, Sarah Chayes, Joy Aceron and Abhijit Das during panel discussion at American University School of International Service on Feb 27, 2018.
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With Regards,
 
Jonathan Fox
Director, Accountability Research Center
Professor, American University School of International Service
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