An impact evaluation of information disclosure on elected representatives’ performance: evidence from rural and urban India

An impact evaluation of information disclosure on elected representatives’ performance: evidence from rural and urban India

3ie Impact Evaluation Report 11

Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Clement Imbert, Rohini Pande, Michael Walton and Bibhu Prasad Mohapatra

Voter awareness campaigns can empower citizens to demand more effective political leadership and better public services. The study by Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Clement Imbert, Rohini Pande, Michael Walton and Bibhu Prasad Mohapatra evaluated the impact of pre-election voter awareness campaigns in gram panchayat elections in Rajasthan and municipal elections in Delhi. A randomised controlled trial measured impact on civic participation, public service provision and elected legislator performance. Field experiments provided verifiable information on candidates’ qualifications and incumbents’ performance. 

The awareness campaign weakened the incumbent and widened and changed the pool of candidates in Rajasthan. In Delhi, the councillors reacted by spending more on cleaning of toilets, drains and removal of debris in the slums. The findings suggest that information can play a major role in determining election outcomes and improving public service delivery.

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Impacts of removing user fees for maternal health services on universal health coverage in Kenya

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

This evaluation examines both the short- and long-term impacts of removing user fees for maternal health services in Kenya on low-income women’s maternal health facilities use.

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Impact of voice reminders to reinforce harvest aggregation services training for farmers in Mali

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

Authors evaluated the impact of mobile phone voice reminders for a pre- and post-harvest grain management training, on farmer behaviour and household income.

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Impacts of Breakthrough’s school-based gender attitude change programme in Haryana, India

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

This evaluation studies the impact of a gender attitude change programme in government-run secondary schools in four districts of Haryana.

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Hotspot interventions at scale: the effects of policing and city services on crime in Bogotá, Colombia

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

This study evaluated the impact of intensive policing and municipal services in targeted hotspots in Bogotá.

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Impact evaluation of the Philippine Special Program for Employment of Students

Impact evaluation 3ie 2018

The authors evaluated the impact of the Philippine Department of Labor and Employment’s Special Program for Employment of Students targeting low-income youth.