Open Government is all the hype these days. A mythical fairy dust that can improve effectiveness of institutions, enhance efficiency of service deliveries, squash corruption, bolster democracy, and empower citizens all in one flick of the wrist. But do these claims hold true? This quite the loaded question. It seems that at the moment we … More Does Ethnography Have a Place in Evaluation?
When it comes to thinking about how best to evaluate a policy or program regarding citizen feedback, my head spins with possible measurements and what they really mean. I’m perplexed by this question of What is impact? And how can you quantitatively measure it within a study? – It sends my mind of into the … More Measuring and Defining Impact
My post back in June highlighted the process of decentralization in Uganda and described the structure of the system in theory alongside the challenges to obtaining this structure in practice. After a month and a half of work with U-Report, I have a better sense of these constraints and the possible ways to overcome them. In … More Decentralization in Uganda: Part 2
After a month plus in with U-Report at UNICEF, I can full-heartedly say my knowledge of ICTs or Information and Communication Technologies within development, and governance specifically, has increased ten-fold. I have become immersed in a land of technical innovations that are helping to empower citizens through increasing access to information, monitoring service deliveries, tracking … More ICTs for Governance: Closing the Feedback Loop
Last week I had the opportunity of sitting in on a Program Coordination and Management Committee Meeting for UNICEF. A good portion in the beginning was devoted to your basic logistics and updates within the department. Interesting to see how a massive program like UNICEF is managed but let’s be honest, it is still a … More Mixing Up Monitoring and Evaluation
The Republic of Uganda is in the process of implementing decentralization policy with the expressed goals of enabling inclusive economic development and nation-wide democratic participation. There is a strong consensus in the literature that decentralization has the potential to increase participation of local communities and citizens, improve government service delivery, and achieve a better level … More Decentralization in Uganda: Part 1
As my About Section notes, I am in Uganda to work with UNICEF on a pilot impact evaluation for their program, U-Report. U-Report is a free SMS-based system that allows young Ugandans to speak out on what’s happening in communities across the county and works together with community leaders to enact positive change. U-Report is … More U-Report: Voices Matter