"Both of these ToCs [Theories of Change] assume that because data/information is accessible, people will use it within their decision-making processes.
They also both assume that intermediaries play a critical role in analysis, translation, interpretation, and contextualisation of data and information to ensure that decision makers (whether citizens, policy actors, or development practitioners) are able to make use of it. Although access is theoretically open, in practice even mediated access is not equal – so how might this play out in respect to marginalised communities and individuals?"
"Do citizens have the agency to take action? Who holds power? What kind of action is appropriate or desirable? Who is listening? And if they are listening, do they care?
Linda finished up the panel by raising some questions around the assumptions that people make decisions based on information rather than on emotion, and that there is a homogeneous “public” or “community” that is waiting for data/information upon which to base their opinions and actions."
Institute of Development Studies; Knowledge Services: http://ids.ac.uk/team/knowledge-services
The Transparency and Accountability Initiative – Empowering citizens to hold their governing institutions to account: http://transparency-initiative.org/
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