Harvard University

For A Project To Study The Effects Of Transparency Interventions On The Quality Of Health Services

This grant to Harvard University would advance a multi-donor effort to determine how transparency and accountability interventions can improve the quality of health services for the poor and, ultimately, health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. The two-phase, five-year study would begin by partnering with civil society organizations in Africa and South Asia to design an intervention with a high probability of improving service delivery in community-level health facilities. The first phase of research involves evaluating the intervention effects on health care quality and outcomes, and on community power relations in two countries. The second phase seeks to determine if the intervention can be replicated. Harvard also plans extensive and targeted dissemination of findings and lessons to groups working to improve health, accountability, and citizen participation. Together with our peer funders, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.K. government’s Department for International Development, we believe that this collaborative research effort will contribute to the field and help build the body of evidence for applying transparency and accountability approaches to service delivery work.
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for support of the Shorenstein Center’s Technology and Social Change research  
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for support of a new university center on economy and society  
Harvard University will use this grant to create a new center that will foster research and curriculum development, as well as work with other university centers being established to cultivate a network that will develop new thinking around political economy, economy, and society.
for the Cyber Project at the Belfer Center  
This grant to the Belfer Center at Harvard Kennedy School will provide ongoing support to its Cyber Project, which focuses its research, education, and convening around the central premise that "Cybersecurity is National Security." The Cyber Project aims to address domestic and international cybersecurity and emerging technology policy questions, while also providing recommendations and actionable policy frameworks to varied audiences. This grant will also support the Defending Digital Democracy Project (D3P), which generates programming, recommendations, and publications to support stakeholders who are vital to democracy, throughout the 2020 election cycle.

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