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    “Incentives and Accountability Mechanisms to Improve Service Provision - Global Experiences from J-PAL”

    PSF organized on October 27, 2011 a video-conference with researchers and staff at J-PAL on Incentives and Accountability Mechanisms to Improve Service Provision - Global Experiences from J-PAL.

    The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) has extensive global experience using randomized evaluations to answer questions around impact of poverty alleviation projects. One of the main topics have been evaluations of incentives and social accountability to improve subnational service delivery. PSF is presently trying taping into these experiences, exploring how a focus on strengthening social accountability (including the demand created by PNPM) could be used to foster responsiveness of service providers, getting better impact out of the resources that are available for local service delivery and investment.

    The video conference presented the general findings from J-PAL global experiences, as well as more detailed presentation by Martina Björkman Nykvist about one of these, a well-known randomized field experiment on community-based monitoring of public primary health care providers in Uganda.

     

    The presentations and a matrix of key J-PAL evaluations were: