NEW YORK, NY – Today, the Experiments in Governance and Politics Network (EGAP) announces the awarding of three additional grants to innovative experimental research projects that seek to assess the role of information in fostering political accountability in developing countries. Four initial awards were given on August 6 (see here), totalling seven projects participating in the initiative. The granting initiative, which is administered by UC Berkeley’s Center on the Politics of Development, is aimed at maximizing comparability and cumulation of learning across studies. In turn, EGAP will disseminate findings to the broader academic and development policymaking communities.
All of the projects use common informational interventions to assess the impact of providing voters with information about politician performance. In addition, each will involve at least one complementary intervention. In this regranting round, many projects compare the effects of providing information to individual voters (first arm) with the effects of providing information collectively to groups of voters (second arm). This focus on generating “common knowledge” — that is, fostering the perception that information is widely held in a community — may suggest ways of boosting the impact of informational interventions on political accountability.
The awards range from $150,000 to $350,000 in EGAP funding. Some of the projects will begin in early 2015, others later, and all will be completed by Fall 2017. Winning projects will collaborate closely, in conjunction with the EGAP Regranting Initiative Selection Committee, with the goal of maximizing the consistency of designs, interventions, and outcome measurement across studies. The following are the most recently awarded projects:
- Information and Accountability in Primary and General Elections. Location: Uganda. Principal Investigators: Pia Raffler, Melina Platas Izama
- Accountability and Incumbent Performance in the Brazilian Northeast. Location: Brazil. Principal Investigators: F. Daniel Hidalgo and Taylor Boas.
- Repairing Information Underload: The Effects on Vote Choice of Information Regarding Politician Performance & Public Goods in Uganda. Location: Uganda. Principal Investigators: Dan Nielson, Mark Buntaine, Scott Morgenstern, Helen Milner, Brad Parks, Ryan Jablonski, and Sarah Bush