Accountability Work: Examining the Values, Technologies and Work Practices that Facilitate Transparency in Charities

Marshall, Matthew, Vines, John, Wright, Peter, Kirk, David, Lowe, Toby and Wilson, Rob (2018) Accountability Work: Examining the Values, Technologies and Work Practices that Facilitate Transparency in Charities. In: CHI 2018 - 2018 ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 21st - 26th April 2018, Montreal, Canada. (In Press)

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Abstract

Charities are subject to stringent transparency and accountability requirements from government and funders to ensure that they are conducting work and spending money appropriately. Charities are increasingly important to civic life and have unique characteristics as organisations. This provides a rich space in which HCI researchers may learn from and affect both held notions of transparency and accountability, and the relationships between these organisations and their stakeholders. We conducted ethnographic fieldwork and workshops over a seven month period at a charity. We aimed to understand how the transparency obligations of a charity manifest through work and how the workers of a charity reason about transparency and accountability as an everyday practice. Our findings highlight how organisations engage in presenting different accounts of their work; how workers view their legal transparency obligations in contrast with their accountability to their everyday community; and how their labour does not translate well to outcome measures or metrics. We discuss implications for the design of future systems that support organisations to produce accounts of their work as part of everyday practice.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Transparency; Accountability; Third Sector; Ethnography; Work Practice; Civics
Subjects: G400 Computer Science
N100 Business studies
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Computer and Information Sciences
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 13:47
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2018 14:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33922

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