This report shares the findings from an impact assessment of Accountability Lab, conducted between August 2016 and March 2017 as part of a research and learning grant from Making All Voices Count.
Accountability Lab Liberia aims to build a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders across the country. The team supports change-makers to develop and implement positive ideas for integrity in their communities by enabling people to generate the knowledge, skills and networks needed for accountability. It sees accountability as dynamic - “a continually evolving set of relationships, incentives and ideas”.
Accountability Lab’s work is rooted in a commitment to 'doing development differently' – which sees evaluation and research as necessary for continual organisational learning, and as vital for success in complex, unpredictable social systems. A mixture of surveys and semi-structured key informant interviews were used for the evaluation.
The evaluation offers a number of key insights about building accountability in Liberia:
- vertical integration is key – in terms of building strategic linkages at different levels of power and influence to drive change
- focusing on individuals rather than projects supports the establishment of pro-accountability coalitions
- shifting social values around corruption and integrity are important components of building accountability over time
- bringing change agents together and building partnerships across sectors helps amplify and reinforce the work of social innovators.