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Accountability

Accountability and Evidence

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 03.26.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

The way we can find out what works is to compare schools or classrooms assigned to use any given program with those that continue current practices. Ideally, schools and classrooms are assigned at random to experimental or control groups. That's how we find out what works in medicine, agriculture, technology, and other areas.

Healing Vigilante: Thanking a Stranger Who Helped Drastically Change My Life Story

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 03.25.2015 | Healthy Living
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

One story influences another, which influences another, and so on. Bob O'Brien's actions greatly affected my life story, which affected my influence on other life stories. Everyday, the domino affect plays out in many ways, negative and positive, big and small.

Driving Education Accountability: 'I'm Sorry Officer, the Gas Gauge Shows I Wasn't Speeding.'

Brad C. Phillips | Posted 03.24.2015 | College
Brad C. Phillips

We post the signs for what we want performance to be and publicly report offenders, but don't provide the drivers of education the right gauges for monitoring and correcting. Too often that's how it is with education data.

A Very Different Type of Tour in Nepal

Blair Glencorse | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Have you ever felt that you are privileged? That you could "give" to others with your experience and utilize your network of contacts to help those living in developing countries? I thought so too, until I participated in the Accountability Lab's Social Impact Tour in the poorest country in South Asia.

Big Data Can Drive SDGs With Improved Accountability and Transparency: A Question of Trust

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 03.23.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

The rise of big data can help build a framework, shifting away from macro-analysis and demographics to individualized targeting.

The Problem Is You

Peter Cunningham | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

People who blame low-performing schools on poverty tend to make this argument to like-minded people in academic or on-line environments where the poor...

The Debate and the Evidence on the Impact of NCLB

Matthew Di Carlo | Posted 03.19.2015 | Education
Matthew Di Carlo

There is currently a flurry of debate focused on the question of whether "NCLB worked." This question, which surfaces regularly in the education field, is particularly salient in recent weeks, as Congress holds hearings on reauthorizing the law.

Life Lessons From Sports

Blayne Davis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Sports
Blayne Davis

Our kids don't have to hit the game winning shot to be heroes, but rather by showing up, working hard and being accountable, they become heroes. And sometimes that isn't reflected in the final score.

The Value of Mentoring

Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP | Posted 03.12.2015 | Business
Ron Culberson, MSW, CSP

Someone once said that the great thing about golf is that you get immediate feedback after every shot. For some of us, the feedback is brutal and routinely includes the words "slice" and "hook."

Making Twitter Work for You

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Jennie Sutherland

I was intimidated by those strange characters... what did @, #, RT, MT mean anyway??? However, for both professional and personal reasons, I ended up joining Twitter and this is what I've learned.

Independent Sector Should Stop Pushing Self-Regulation

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics
Pablo Eisenberg

Asking nonprofits to voluntarily transform their behavior has done little to stomp out the biggest problems in the nonprofit world. The only way to end bad behavior is to pass more stringent laws and to put teeth into enforcing them. That's what Independent Sector should have been asking for when it visited Congress.

A Potent Mix: Freedom of Expression and Violence Against Women

Widney Brown | Posted 03.05.2015 | World
Widney Brown

The panicked decision by the government of India to ban a BBC documentary on the infamous 2012 gang rape of a 23-year-old woman, claiming it must do so to protect women in India, demonstrates that "protective" measures by governments actually hurt women.

The Congressional Reserve Board: A Really Bad Idea

Stephen G. Cecchetti | Posted 03.04.2015 | Business
Stephen G. Cecchetti

Congress should maintain and advance the current framework of delegating circumscribed authority to a transparent, accountable and independent Federal Reserve that can contribute to prosperity by keeping inflation low, employment high, and the financial system robust.

6 Ways to Constantly Feel Supported

Lauren Stahl | Posted 03.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Stahl

Feeling loved is the one thing we all want. It provides a safe and comforting feeling. With intimate and genuine relationships, our world is opened up and we don't feel alone. With this support, we don't value material possessions as highly and feel more centered and grateful.

Truth and Consequences

Peter Cunningham | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Winston Churchill once defended democracy by calling it, "The worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." Perhaps the same can be said for test-based accountability.

The Case for Charter Accountability

Amber Arellano | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Amber Arellano

With the future of our students at risk, it's time to finally hold our charter school authorizers accountable for the public education they are providing our children.

Resources Without Accountability Won't Work Any Better Than Accountability Without Resources

Kati Haycock | Posted 02.19.2015 | Education
Kati Haycock

At first, our coalition of national civil rights, business, and disabilities organizations may seem like odd bedfellows. Indeed, during the course of...

What Purpose Does Your Safety Blanket Serve?

Lauren Stahl | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Lauren Stahl

Saying goodbye to my safety blankets hasn't been easy. In many ways, they have gotten me to where I am today. I have to be compassionate to them. I have to forgive and not beat myself up for past decisions or actions.

The Murky and Troubling Maze Behind Adani's Australian Coal Projects

Aaron Packard | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Aaron Packard

Australia's largest ever coal project, Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin, has been found to have a murky and troubling maze of corporate arrangements spread across known tax havens.

Atmosphere of Accountability

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 02.05.2015 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

I believe in accountability. We are stewards of the public trust. I also believe that government has a right to know what we're doing with the public funds. But too many masters can do more harm than good.

Davos & Disruption Done Right: In Praise of "Difficult Women" in Finance

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 02.06.2015 | Business
Janine R. Wedel

Women are still most definitely outsiders in places that matter, not least in finance. And we saw last fall what a Wall Street outsider can uncover, just the latest woman in finance to blow the whistle.

Rule No. 84: Diane Ravitch's Other Letter to Lamar Alexander

Peter Cunningham | Posted 03.27.2015 | Education
Peter Cunningham

Education historian and reform critic Diane Ravitch recently sent an open letter to Senator Lamar Alexander with recommendations for rewriting No Chil...

How Do I Make My Team More Accountable - Start Here

David Dye | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
David Dye

The CEO had caught me in the hallway, looked around to make sure she wasn't overheard, and nearly shouted, "I'm so tired of this - people need to be more accountable!"

Failure to Launch: The Federal Plan for Higher Education Accountability

Robert C. Pianta | Posted 03.10.2015 | Education
Robert C. Pianta

We are well aware of the critiques of higher education, and with the cost of college rising faster than health care, it should come as no surprise parents and taxpayers feel they are not getting their money's worth.

Children's Rights...Any of Our Business?

Badr Jafar | Posted 03.07.2015 | Business
Badr Jafar

When Malala Yousafzai collected her World's Children's Prize in Stockholm last month, she donated her prize money to help rebuild schools in Gaza.