Research & Learning

Learning and reflecting on accountable, responsive governance is central to the work of Making All Voices Count.  We believe that learning can help us to achieve the changes that are needed to take us towards more sustainable and democratic governance systems.

Learning means actively and critically reflecting on our assumptions, as well as asking difficult questions and seeking answers from both researchers and practitioners. We value practice-based learning and evidence-based learning equally.

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Through research, we aim to understand the impact of projects using technology to promote transparent, accountable governance, so that these lessons can be taken up by policy-makers, funders and organisations.

We do this through three different types of grants:

  • Practitioner research and learning grants: Supporting governance practitioners and tech innovators to carry out self-critical enquiry into their own experiences/contexts.
  • Research grants: Supporting applied and academic researchers to carry out research on priority themes and issues
  • Institute of Development Studies (IDS) research projects: Informing our theory of change and making sure we are up to date with developments in practice, knowledge and evidence across the field.

Check out our publications pages for lessons from our current projects.


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Making All Voices Count is committed to learning from the success – or failure – of our own work, and also to looking at lessons from the work of other projects and programmes applying technology to governance issues.

We fund NGOs, civil society, tech innovators and researchers to build a better understanding of the role of technology in accountable governance, and work to provide practical guidance for organisations which are developing new projects.


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