What is eCRC?
The Citizen Report Card (CRC) is a simple, yet powerful tool that can solicit systematic and actual user feedback on the performance of public services. It is a participatory survey that collects feedback on the quality and adequacy of public services from actual users. The CRC provides a sound basis and a proactive approach for communities, CSOs or local governments to engage in a dialogue with service providers and hold them accountable for improving the delivery of public services. Although the CRC was initially conducted in urban contexts, it is now being applied in a wider range of geographic settings and sectoral contexts to understand the status of public service delivery.
The CRC presents a number of benefits. It offers service providers a cost-effective means of finding out if the public services they provide reach the public, especially the more underserved members of the community. In turn, it provides users of public services an opportunity to convey feedback to local government regarding the quality, efficiency, and adequacy of the services that they receive as well as the problems they face in their interactions with service providers. In cases where there are different service providers, it is possible to compare their ratings across various services. The resultant assessment (based on user satisfaction) is then converted into a ‘report card’ on the performance of public services for a certain locality.
The CRC should not be confused with an opinion poll on public services as the CRC reflects the actual experiences of public services users. For example, the surveys that generate the CRCs only target individuals who have used specific services, and/or interacted with the relevant public agencies. CRCs have been used by various entities ranging from local and national governments, civil society organisations to development partners in over 20 countries as a tool for citizen engagement and service improvements. As this instrument typically generates data at the intersection of citizengovernment engagement, its usefulness can branch out into many areas of influence. For example, it can become the basis for informing public policies and programmes, re-engineering of governance processes and service delivery mechanisms, and restructuring of government and community institutions.
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eCRC is a revolutionary concept that enables reliable collection of citizen feedback through an Android-based mobile application
and analyzing and reporting the information collected in real time
Technical support for the survey by Centre for Governance Innovations (CGI)