|Title||Freedom of information field experiment in the Netherlands: replication and extension|
|C1 Background and Explanation of Rationale||
Transparency has become a core principle of good governance (Hood & Heald 2006) and is expected to bring various positive effects, such as greater accountability, increased trust and less corruption (Meijer 2014). One important potential mechanism to force governments to become more transparent is requesting information through Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and the number of FOI laws implemented worldwide is has increased greatly (e.g. Relly and Sabharwal 2009). But how effective is such a mechanism?
|C2 What are the hypotheses to be tested?||
Hypothesis 1: Local authorities will be more responsive to an FOI request than to an informal ask.
|C3 How will these hypotheses be tested? *||
We adopt the two main hypotheses from Worthy et al., omit one hypothesis that was not supported and add one novel hypothesis to test the effect of an FOI request for sensitive information on government responsiveness.
|C5 Scale (# of Units)||390|
|C6 Was a power analysis conducted prior to data collection?||Yes|
|C7 Has this research received Insitutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee approval?||Yes|
|C8 IRB Number||-|
|C9 Date of IRB Approval||August, 31, 2017|
|C10 Will the intervention be implemented by the researcher or a third party?||Researchers|
|C11 Did any of the research team receive remuneration from the implementing agency for taking part in this research?||No|
|C12 If relevant, is there an advance agreement with the implementation group that all results can be published?||not provided by authors|
|C13 JEL Classification(s)||H83|