Your Public Value is a new NGO that focuses on public value in the private sector; on transparency, accountability, and participation; as well as on mutual understanding between government, business, and society. You can learn more about us here

The public value approach considers both society and the environment to be active stakeholders of any corporation, and sees a shared purpose among all stakeholders: Every one of us has a role to play in sustainably transforming our world, and making sure that our self-interest is rooted in the common good. Our motto is:
Trust = Transparency + Dialogue & Participation 

Although politics and business are acknowledged to have a trust deficit — with increased dialogue and participation often mentioned as a desirable therapy — understandings of transparency, accountability, and participation evolve over time. A discussion of their scope and role in building trust in society and anti-corruption reforms would help experts define the debate's boundaries.

At Your Public Value, we operate using the principle of co-creation. We therefore are turning to experts on anti-corruption, finance, compliance, risk management, and strategy to understand how the understanding of transparency and accountability has evolved in the past few years, and whether participation is a key factor leading to trust and public value. With this survey, we want to focus on transparency, accountability, and participation, and also include the context of anti-corruption work. 

We believe in a multi-stakeholder approach. We are reaching out to experts in international organisations, governments, large corporations, universities, research institutions, and NGOs to help us with this pilot.

To prioritise the quality of this debate and the ideas therein, we opted for full anonymity, deciding not to mention respondents, nor their organisation or corporation, by name. While we may lose some credibility by not publishing a list of participants, we believe that experts will appreciate the chance to share their thoughts without being bothered with multiple clearances. Should this survey be a success, we would gladly expand it and, maybe with future surveys, explore the possibility of naming the participating organisations, institutions and corporations.

We are extremely grateful for your support and willingness to help compile this collective wisdom. This survey should not take more than 20 minutes of your time, and please let us know whether you would prefer to answer in writing or with a short phone conversation. We truly look forward to hearing your views on this matter! 


Virginie Coulloudon,
Executive Director
Your Public Value

* 1. Please tell us what the term “public value” means to you.

* 2. Increasingly the global discourse is that governments and businesses should invest into the 17 UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) and improve their sustainability performance, whereas in the past accountability was mainly a matter of compliance and anti-corruption reforms. Do you consider that sustainability performance is part of accountability? Please explain.

* 3. Did you notice a shift in the paradigms of transparency and accountability? If so, can you tell us when and how this happened? What did the shift entail?

* 4. We are currently at a crossroad where traditional meanings of transparency are challenged by technology, Blockchain being the most obvious example. Please let us know how and to what extent you think technology impacts on transparency and accountability:

* 5. Do you consider that citizen participation should be an element of accountability? If so, please develop and explain what you understand by participation.

* 6. Please explain the extent to which you think participation should be part of accountability:

* 7. Please give us examples of how you think participation and accountability could/should interact:

* 8. What kind of risks or demands would most likely lead to increased transparency and accountability in organisations, institutions or corporations?

* 9. Anti-corruption reforms impact on numerous areas of the state, but also on business and society. What do you believe is the primary cause of corruption in any given country?

* 10. Do you consider the following to be universal evidence of less corruption?