Studying social accountability in the context of health system strengthening: innovations and considerations for future work

Health Research Policy and Systems
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Studying social accountability in the context of health system strengthening: innovations and considerations for future work
There is a growing body of research on the role of social accountability in bringing about more accessible and better-quality healthcare. Here, we refer to social accountability as “citizens’ efforts at ongoing meaningful collective engagement with public institutions for accountability in the provision of public goods” (Joshi, World Dev 99:160–172, 2017). These processes have multiple interrelated components and sub-processes and engage a range of actors in community-driven, often unpredictable and context-dependent actions, which pose many methodological challenges for researchers. In June 2017, scientists and implementers working in this area came together to share experiences, discuss approaches, identify research gaps and consider directions for future studies. This paper shares learnings from this discussion.
Authors: Victoria Boydell, Heather McMullen, Joanna Cordero, Petrus Steyn and James Kiare
Citation: Health Research Policy and Systems 2019 17:34
Published on: 29 March 2019