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From Evidence to Policy: Sustained Transparency and Electoral Accountability

Join the Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) network for a panel discussion on new research by Guy Grossman, Kristin Michelitch, and Carlo Prato on how regular and sustained information on incumbent performance improved electoral accountability in Uganda.

This event will feature a presentation and discussion of the study’s findings, which were recently featured as a Policy Brief on the EGAP website.

Research Presentation: Guy Grossman (University of Pennsylvania), Kristin Michelitch (Vanderbilt University), and Carlo Prato (Columbia University)

Panel Discussion: Franklin Oduro (NDI), Rhoda Osei-Affu (CDD-Ghana), and Godber Tumushabe (GLISS)

Host and Moderator: Linda Stern (NDI)


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Guy Grossman

Guy Grossman is Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He specializes in comparative politics, with a regional focus on Africa and the Middle East. In his work he applies a variety of methods, including field and lab experiments and social network analysis, to study political behavior, conflict and political economy of development more generally. Guy received his PhD with distinction in political science from Columbia University in 2011.

Kristin Michelitch

Kristin Michelitch is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. She earned her PhD from New York University in 2013, specializing in comparative politics and experimental methods. Her research interests center around discovering major catalysts that improve or stymy the quality of democratic processes and the pace of socioeconomic progress, paying close attention to inequalities on the basis of gender, ethnicity, and partisanship.

Carlo Prato

Carlo Prato is currently Assistant Professor in Political Science at Columbia University. He holds a BA (2004) and a MSc (2006) in economics and social sciences from Bocconi University and a PhD in economics from Northwestern University. His research addresses three broad questions: How does the distribution of information shape the electoral process? How do electoral rules shape legislative representation? And, How do legislative bodies choose the rules governing their deliberation?

Franklin Oduro

Franklin Oduro received his PhD in political science from Carleton University and a post-graduate certificate in comparative transitional justice from the University of Cape Town. His research interests include post-transition politics of human rights accountability / transitional justice/truth commission processes, public administration and policy analysis, civil society and elections (election monitoring and observation), and African political thought. Currently, Dr. Oduro is the Director of Election Programming for NDI in Ethiopia.

Rhoda Osei-Afful

Rhoda Osei-Afful is a Senior Research Analyst and Team Leader for Elections, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a leading research and advocacy think-tank based in Ghana where she leads and supports election programming and anti-corruption work. In her role, she also provides managerial and technical support to Ghana’s largest observer group–the Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)–which is hosted at CDD-Ghana.

Godber Tumushabe

Godber Tumushabe is Associate Director at the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies (GLISS). He is the founding Executive Director of the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE). Tumushabe is an independent policy analyst, a lawyer, and an Advocate of the High Court of Uganda. He teaches international law, international environmental law and the science of law at Makerere University.

Linda Stern

Linda Stern is the Director of monitoring, evaluation & learning at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), where she spearheads the institute’s efforts to build a body of evidence for NDI’s diverse democracy assistance programming. She also leads a Research, Evaluation & Learning (REL) initiative with a consortium of eight democracy, human rights and labor organizations under the Fundamental Freedoms Fund (FFF), sponsored by the US State Department.  She serves on EGAP’s Board of Directors and is a member of its Elections, Representation & Political Participation Committee.