The course analyzes the concepts and the main issues concerning accountability & performance in two parts.
The first part deals with the global concepts of accountability, transparency and participation as they relate to the idea of performance as it is understood and applied in the public sector. A particular emphasis will be put on the current limits and difficulties in enabling the concept of accountability and making it relevant for public sector institutions.
The second part deals with the theory and main techniques underlying impact assessment and program evaluation, as a set of rational approaches aimed to identify and measure the evidence of public interventions’ effects. International case studies will substantiate conceptual models and methods fostering operational accountability and rational decision-making.