Type of SupportGeneral Support/Program
This grant will help establish the Center for Accountability and Research at American University. The Center seeks to support social accountability practitioners to achieve greater impact through access to research tools, partnerships with researchers, and resources to build organizational capacity. The Center’s activities aim to bridge the gap between research and practice by providing intensive learning exchanges and joint researcher-practitioner pilots for practical research projects.
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Grants to this Grantee
for the New Perspectives in Studies of American Governance program
Scholarship regarding U.S. governing institutions (Congress, the presidency, and the federal bureaucracy) suffers from a notoriously restricted range of theoretical, methodological, and demographic perspectives — limiting political scientists’ collective understanding of those institutions as they evolve with respect to gender, race/ethnicity, capacity, and culture. American University’s New Perspectives in Studies of American Governance program, in partnership with Purdue University, seeks to address this shortcoming. The program incentivizes emerging scholars to broaden the range of perspectives and experiences upon which they draw when pursuing insight into American governance at the federal level.
for establishing an action research and learning exchange on transparency and accountability
This planning grant would explore the establishment of a transparency and accountability action research and learning exchange at the School of International Service. The exchange is envisioned to bring practitioners together with researchers to deepen understanding about what works, where, and how, in the application of tools designed to make governments more responsive to citizens. Research often lags behind practice in this field, and the exchange seeks to ensure that the research agenda is driven by practitioners’ needs, while encouraging dialogue among experts across sectors.
for partnering with networks and content developers to build capacity for high-quality OER
The Project on Copyright and Open Licensing is part of the Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law. With this grant, the project will work to remove real and perceived legal barriers in developing OER and to provide educational materials and technical support for the creation of OER by individuals and institutions, with a focus on copyright law and Creative Commons licensing. An intended outcome of this effort is to advance equity and inclusion in education systems by increasing access to authorship and representation of diverse perspectives in instructional materials. (Substrategy: Field Building)