Accountability Counsel’s Research program provides data and qualitative analysis to better inform the movement for transparency and accountability in international finance. We estimate that $12 trillion of investment a year flows into communities where we work to ensure accountability for human rights and environmental standards.

This program includes:

  • in-depth research to support our policy work and community cases,
  • large-scale data analytics about our field, and
  • development of a searchable, public database (live by the end of 2018) of all complaints every brought to every accountability office. The database also has a comparison tool for the policies of each accountability office so that they may be compared and evaluated. The database will be a useful tool for communities and their advocates, investors and institutions, researchers, and decision-makers. We are beta testing the database with select partners now.

Our research is, for the first time, exposing patterns that show advocates, policy-makers, and the institutions themselves best practice and where improvement is needed most. Our research is already influencing the direction of global accountability policy.

In addition, this program houses a set of internal tools to assist Accountability Counsel’s Communities and Policy teams to track the progress of their work, synchronize work between teams, and gauge effectiveness in relation to our broader theory of change.