BIOS and Karewa built partnerships with other local actors in order to support citizens in understanding how to obtain and comprehend public information.
Testing different ways to use data about public resources to improve the design and implementation of social programs and strengthen citizen engagement in municipal procurement and planning
Background Citizens should be able to monitor the administrative management of public officials elected by popular vote, but this is not the case, in practice. Accordingly, BuroTIC has worked to answer the following questions from a citizen’s perspective: Is it possible to understand and track public investment decisions in Bogotá, from planning to appropriation to…
More inclusive public decision making, enhanced delivery of key public services, and reduced corruption at district level.
We helped partners identify key obstacles preventing effective data use on the part of citizens, and develop action plans for overcoming those obstacles. As a result, citizens and civil society organizations have collaborated more effectively, and are more able to use data on municipal spending to understand local challenges, advocate for changes in the allocation and use of public resources, and more effectively engage citizens at the community level.
Our research sheds light on the answers to this vital question. We developed and tested a three-tier theory of change (ToC), a model that spells out how citizens take action as a result of three variables: their own cost-benefit approximations, the way that contextual factors affect their lives, and their social connections, through which contextual factors are translated, and made tangible. This final factor – social mediation – where encounters and discussions with people who are important for the individual, is especially important, and constitutes the ‘tipping point.’ Our research suggests that it’s at this tipping point where anti-corruption organizations can do much more to support citizen action on corruption.