Accountability is of increasing importance in a public sector in which most tasks are performed by (partially) autonomous organizations. In recent years, more and more resources are invested in accountability. Unfortunately, however, this has not led to noticeable increases in performance. On the contrary, practical experience documents a plethora of accountability-failures. It is often time-consuming and expensive, provokes strategic reactions by managers and professionals, and easily harms their motivation. The key issue is: how can public accountability more effectively influence decisions and practices in public sector organizations?
The Calibrating Public Accountability project aims to answer this grand question. The project is funded by a prestigious NWO-vidi grant and will run for five years. The core team in Utrecht will collaborate with renown international colleagues and important public sector organizations in the Netherlands and beyond.