Accountability Principles for Research Organisations

A report by Brendan Whitty,  One World Trust, 2009?

This report

  • develops a framework for analysing accountability from a normative and instrumental perspective
  • allows think-tanks and research institutes to identify and balance their stakeholders;
  • presents guidelines to assist the practical implementation of accountability principles

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The contents

Acknowledgements 2
Glossary 4
Introduction 5
The benefits of accountability in research 6
A definition of “accountability” 7
Four principles of accountability 8
Two reasons why accountability matters 10
The normative reason: ethical demands of accountability 11
The instrumental reason: the benefits of being responsive 14
Concluding remarks 19
Tensions and challenges of accountability in research 21
Methodology 21
Two factors determining accountability tensions and challenges 24
Concluding remarks 31
Implementing accountability in research and related processes 32
Process 1: Defining strategy 32
Process 2: Defining programmatic structure 35
Process 3: Forming partnerships; engaging in networks and coalitions 36
Process 4: Identifying research priorities 39
Process 5: Planning research projects 42
Process 6: Evaluating and Learning 42
Process 7: Conducting the research 45
Process 8: Conducting advocacy and outreach 50
Process 9: Empowering communities 53
Two policies: information release and complaints handling 54
Conclusion 58
Bibliography 59
Annex: Interviewed Organisations 67

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