Finalizing and testing recommendations for strengthening reporting of studies on social accountability

Key gaps identified in systematic and other reviews include limited attention to the theory of change, research methods, and the factors thought to influence outcomes, such as context, capacity, resources, and participation. 

Over the past year, experts led the adaptation of the Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials for Social and Psychological Interventions (CONSORT-SPI) to include items that were reported as gaps in social accountability reporting, as documented in existing publications. The draft recommendations for strengthening reporting of studies on social accountability was presented and deliberated at the Community of Practice (CoP) meeting in November 2019. In 2020, the sub-group proposed the following:

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Graphic 1. Scorecard example: round one and two comparative results.
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1. Finalize reporting recommendations based on feedback from the CoP Deliverable;

2. Test the reporting recommendations by retrospectively applying them to existing projects, which would be identified on a volunteer basis; 

3. Develop a peer reviewed journal article to summarize recommendations and disseminate them; and 

4. Adapt reporting guidelines for diverse audiences, such as practitioners and implementers, who can use the proposed items to support monitoring, evaluation, and learning.