Civil society groups emphasize the need for high quality public information on the performance of politicians. But, does information really make a difference in institutionally weak environments? Does it lead to the rewarding of good performance at the polls or are voting decisions going to be dominated by ethnic ties and clientelistic relations? The Information and Accountability Metaketa seeks to answer these questions by implementing a series of experimental projects that assess the role of information in promoting political accountability in developing countries. 

This Metaketa round was launched in Fall 2013 and will run until Fall 2018. This round awarded seven projects—one each in Benin, Brazil, Burkina Faso, India, and Mexico, and two in Uganda—ranging in funding from $175,000 to $300,000. All of the projects, which have now been completed, used common informational interventions to assess the impact of providing voters with information about politician performance. In addition, each involved at least one complementary intervention. In this round, many projects compared the effects of providing information to individual voters (first arm) with the effects of providing information collectively to groups of voters (second arm). Individual academic papers and policy briefs, as well as a co-authored book and article that present results from the distinct studies in an integrated analysis are forthcoming. For additional information about the Metaketa Initiative, contact Jaclyn Leaver (EGAP Director of Research) at 

Metaketa I Steering Committee: Thad Dunning (chair, UC Berkeley); Guy Grossman (U Penn); Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University); Susan Hyde (UC Berkeley); and Craig McIntosh (UCSD) 

Metaketa I Pre-meta-analysis Plan: 20150309AA

Metaketa I Projects

Can Common Knowledge Improve Common Goods?
Principal Investigators: Claire Adida, Jessica Gottlieb, Eric Kramon, Gwyneth McClendon


Accountability and Incumbent Performance in the Brazilian Northeast
Principal Investigators: Daniel Hidalgo, Taylor Boas, Marcus Melo 


Citizens at the Council: Comparing the Impact of Mediated Information and First-Hand Experience on Voter Turnout in Municipal Elections
Principal Investigators: Malte Lierl, Marcus Holmlund


Using Local Networks to Increase Accountability
Principal Investigators: Simon Chauchard, Neelanjan Sircar


Common Knowledge, Relative Performance, and Political Accountability
Prinicipal Investigators: Eric Arias, Horacio Larreguy, John Marshall, Pablo Querubin 


Meet the Candidates: Information and Accountability in Primary and General Elections
Principal Investigators: Melina Platas Izama, Pia Raffler



Repairing Information Underload 
Principal Investigators: Mark Buntaine, Sarah Bush, Ryan Jablonski, Daniel Nielson, Paula Pickering