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Information is power : experimental evidence on the long-run impact of community based monitoring, Volume 1
 
Author:Nyqvist, Martina Bjorkman; de Walque, Damien; Svensson, Jakob; Country:Uganda;
Date Stored:2014/08/26Document Date:2014/08/01
Document Type:Policy Research Working PaperSubTopics:Housing & Human Habitats; Health Monitoring & Evaluation; Health Systems Development & Reform; Disease Control & Prevention; Population Policies
Language:EnglishRegion:Africa
Report Number:WPS7015Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 7015Impact Evaluation series
Volume No:1  

Summary: This paper presents the results of two field experiments on local accountability in primary health care in Uganda. Efforts to stimulate beneficiary control, coupled with the provision of report cards on staff performance, resulted in significant improvements in health care delivery and health outcomes in both the short and the longer run. Efforts to stimulate beneficiary control without providing information on performance had no impact on quality of care or health outcomes. The paper shows that informed users are more likely to identify and challenge (mis)behavior by providers and as a result turn their focus to issues that they can manage locally.

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