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Date 22 Apr 2020 - 22 Apr 2020

Time 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Performance and accountability during COVID-19: data sharing, monitoring and auditing in crisis contexts

Performance and accountability during COVID-19: data sharing, monitoring and auditing in crisis contexts

In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, the GO Lab has launched a new peer learning group called Emergency Responses  and Government Outcomes (ERGO). This group will convene to take stock of the implications that emergency situations such as the current coronavirus pandemic have on those implementing outcomes-based approaches. 

Emergencies require governments to rethink the way they fund, steward and oversee public services. What is the right balance between granting providers discretion and flexibility without abandoning accountability mechanisms? How can public service providers anticipate and prepare for changes to ‘business as usual’ monitoring and auditing requirements? And, are there particular considerations for outcomes contracts? 

In this session, academics and practitioners will discuss how governments can pursue transparency and accountability during and recovering from the pandemic drawing on lessons from other emergency contexts and stimulus efforts.   


15:30 Welcome and introduction to session format – what is the new normal? 

Clare FitzGerald, Research Fellow, Government Outcomes Lab 


15:40 The role of data in emergency response and recovery 

Hudson Hollister, Founder and CEO, HData 

Oscar Hernandez, Latin American Program Manager, Open Contracting Partnership 

Follow up questions with Ruairi Macdonald, Research Associate, Government Outcomes Lab 


16:10 New routines in oversight and accountability: the role of government 

Kody Kinsley, Deputy Director of North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services  

Jacqui McKinlay, Chief Executive, Centre for Public Scrutiny  

Follow up questions with Clare FitzGerald 


16:40 Q&A 


16:55 Close 

We will update this page regularly with further information about the agenda and confirmed speakers for the session. For any questions or suggestions regarding the session, please contact Leigh in the GO Lab team at