Social Audit of Governance and Delivery of Public Services, 2004-2008
CIET completed the data collection from some 53,000 households for the second national social audit in October 2004. In the spring of 2005, field teams took back preliminary findings to community focus groups and interviewed local officials and elected representatives about their experience of devolved local government. The Prime Minister attended the launch of the report of the second national survey in Islamabad in September 2005.
Transfer of skills to collect, analyse and use data for evidence-based planning is an important component of the social audit, so as to ensure sustainability. To this end, in 2005 CIET undertook an intensive eight week course on evidence-based planning, in collaboration with the University of Peshawar. See the separate project entitled Course on Evidence-based Planning. Other activities to disseminate the social audit findings and encourage their use in planning improved services are described in the section on Socialising Evidence for Participatory Action (SEPA) in Pakistan.
Efforts to disseminate the social audit findings and to encourage their use in planning improved services are an important part of the social audit process. The social audit process paused during the run up to the national elections in 2008.
This project was undertaken with financial support from a number of donors , including the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (SDC), the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).