PUBLIC PARTICIPATION CASE STUDIES
Public participation cases from the research of members of the GIFT Network are presented here. It is anticipated that more will be added over time. You can nominate to add a new case/experience in practice where there are lessons and models to share. These practices should however be documented in some way; for instance in a case study that has already been written up, a video, interview or blog post hosted elsewhere. Learn more about this below.
What is a GIFT public participation case?
A GIFT public participation case is a standardized presentation of a public participation mechanism being implemented with respect to fiscal policy design or implementation in a country. It helps its readers to understand how practitioners have integrated public participation into fiscal policies, identifying the factors that underlie its success (or that constrained its success); and illustrating the critical moments, enabling environment and actions which affected the trajectory of an intervention. Cases should help codify and document why and how a mechanism was implemented, how it works (process, including decision-making, structure, components), how and why implementation either succeeded or failed, as well as what complex factors contributed to the implementation process. These cases are to be documented and disseminated through the Guide’s e-platform for the broad range of interested practitioners that want to learn from the experiences of mechanisms implemented elsewhere, when designing or advocating interventions in their own country. The Guide covers cases that are being written up some time after the mechanism has been implemented (relying on existing materials – not involving original interviews as people may have moved on), as well as cases that are still to be written when the mechanism has just been implemented. In this case, authors will do interviews and rely on other evidence that is freshly available.
Cases include information sourced from primary data sources (through interviews, new surveys -using electronic means to conduct them- or existing surveys that contain relevant questions, and possibly focus groups); supporting secondary sources; a desk review of project or program documents; any monitoring and evaluation reports; and draw on any available reviews or existing studies of the particular intervention or of a closely related intervention. Interviews are guided by an interview protocol that is specifically tailored to tease out the detailed processes at the various critical junctures of the project/program design and implementation.
THE ANALYSIS SHOULD INCLUDE (BUT NOT LIMITED TO) THE FOLLOWING DETAILS:
For details, please refer to Table 1.
a. Indicators to measure the process (e.g. how many people participated, how they participated);
b. Indicators to measure the impact on the system itself: (e.g. whether public inputs are all publicly available; whether they are summarized by the implementing agency; whether there is a published response saying how the inputs were used or not, in developing or deciding on policy or implementation; evidence the inputs were included in official advice to decision makers);
c. Indicators to measure the impact on public service delivery (e.g. have learning outcomes in schools improved due to public participation in school budget formulation processes); and
d. Indicators to measure improvements in social, economic and environmental impacts (e.g. improvement in Sustainable Development Goals).
Format of the cases
6. Results and impact
7. Lessons Learned
8. Principles of Public Participation in Fiscal
9. Country context
Annexes and supporting documents
The following supporting materials may be included as Annexes to the main case study document:
GIFT seeks for your contributions to progressively add more examples of practices that are aligned to the Principles of Public Participation in Fiscal Policy. If you have a case you would like to contribute, please review the methodological framework you need to follow. Then, please submit your case study, GIFT team will review the case study and share their decision to the author of submission. Accepted Case Studies will be placed in the GIFT Guide on Principles and Mechanisms of Public Participation in Fiscal Policy, where they will remain accessible to thousands of researchers and practitioners worldwide.