The state of being accountable; liability to be called on to render an account; the obligation to bear the consequences for failure to perform as expected; accountableness.
The process through which institutions and individuals are expected to demonstrate the fulfilment of their obligations, including the proper use of public funds. See also Quality control.
To establish accountability, a museum must demonstrate to auditors, trustees, governing bodies, and insurers that proper, responsible management of objects in custody of the museum is taking place. One important component of accountability is the maintenance of a reliable and up to date physical inventory of the objects in the institution's custody.
Divine retribution that perpetually targets teachers (and, to a lesser extent, parents and students) while ignoring administrators and legislators
The state of being subject to judgment for an action or result which a person has been given authority and responsibility to perform.
The responsibility placed on an individual or group for their own or others' actions, conduct, performance, projects, etc.
The ability to call public officials, private employers or service providers to account, requiring that they be answerable for their policies, actions and use of funds.
1) Principle that responsibilities for ownership and/or oversight of IS resources are explicitly assigned and that assignees are answerable to proper authorities for stewardship of resources under their control. 2) The explicit assignment of responsibilities for oversight of areas of control to executives, managers, staff, owners, providers, and users of MEI Resource Elements.
The obligation to demonstrate and take responsibility for performance in light of agreed expectations. There is a difference between responsibility and accountability: responsibility is the obligation to act; accountability is the obligation to answer for an action.
For an AIS, the property that enables activities on an automated information system to be traced to individuals who may then be held responsible for their actions. In COMSEC, the principle that an individual is responsible for the safety and security of COMSEC equipment, keying material, and information entrusted to his or her care, and is answerable to proper authority for the loss or misuse of that equipment or information.
The notion that people (e.g., students or teachers) or an organization (e.g., a school, school district, or state department of education) should be held responsible for improving student achievement and should be rewarded or sanctioned for their success or lack of success in doing so. (Ed Source)
In Kentucky, a system that rewarded schools and districts where student performance met or exceeded established goals and offers assistance or imposes sanctions where goals are not met; makes schools and districts responsible for assuring growth in student achievement. Since 2003 the legislature has not provided funds for rewards.
The obligation to answer for performance on assigned responsibilities.
Concept that school administrators, teachers, parents and students themselves need to be accountable for how well students learn and achieve.
Taking responsibility for your actions or behaviors. ("Being accountable for my sexual behaviors means that I admit what I have done.")
means being responsible for all aspects of your organisation, including financial and operational accountability, and keeping interested parties clearly informed about what your organisation does.
The responsibility of program staff to provide evidence to stakeholders and sponsors that a program is effective and in conformity with its coverage, service, legal, and fiscal requirements.
The idea that everyone in an organisation should be personally responsible for their actions. Developed from the 'span of control' theory, the idea of accountability has become a sine qua non of UK management. It fails to take account of corporate or team responsibilities
Responsibility for achieving improved conditions of well-being for children and families.
The security principle that all parties concerned with the security of information systems (owners, providers, users, and others) should have explicit responsibilities and accountability.
Providing an explanation for or justification of one's actions.
the obligation of a worker to accomplish an assigned job or task
The means by which public agencies and their employees answer to citizens directly and indirectly for the use of their powers, authority and resources.
A public or private agency, such as a state education agency, that enters into a contractual agreement to perform a service, such as administer 21st CCLC programs, will be held answerable for performing according to agreed-on terms, within a specified time period, and with a stipulated use of resources and performance standards.
Accepts responsibility for own actions and decisions and demonstrates commitment to accomplish work in an ethical, efficient and cost-effective manner.
responsibility to someone or for some activity
The demand for proof that your child's school is meeting its obligations to educate gifted children.
a situation where an individual can be called to ac-count for his/her actions by another individual or body authorized both to do so and to give recognition to the individual for those actions. See managerial accountability.
The extent to which students and educators take responsibility for learning.
Liability of subordinates for accomplishing tasks assigned by managers.
a principle which denotes a direct authority relationship within which an individual accounts to a person or body for the performance of tasks or functions conferred or able to be conferred by that person or body.
the answering for one's actions and accepting the consequences.
1. Having to answer to someone for your actions; 2. One who assumes total responsibility for the consequences of an activity.
both students and teachers arc being required to show that students have mastered course or grade objectives. Minimum level skills, essential skills, survival skills, and other types of achievement tests arc used to provide evidence of mastery
A systematic approach to gathering measurable data to determine whether teachers, administrators, schools, districts, and states are teaching students effectively and well. Methods include collecting data such as student achievement, performance, attendance, and dropout rates. Many accountability systems are linked to rewards and sanctions. Demonstrating accountability for educational results to the public has become a cornerstone to reform.
Obligation, for the actors participating in the introduction or implementation of a public intervention, to provide political authorities and the general public with information and explanations on the expected and actual results of an intervention, with regard to the sound use of public resources. From a democratic perspective, accountability is an important dimension of evaluation. Public authorities are progressively increasing their requirements for transparency vis-à-vis tax payers, as to the sound use of funds they manage. In this spirit, evaluation should help to explain where public money was spent, what effects it produced and how the spending was justified. Those benefiting from this type of evaluation are political authorities and ultimately citizens. For example, a training organisation reports on the number of trainees who benefited from its services and the qualifications obtained. A managing authority reports on the cost per net job created due to the intervention. The European Commission publishes a report on progress made in terms of economic and social cohesion. Citizens have access to the report. BACK
The responsibility for achieving results required of the position, whether it is primary, shared, or indirect accountability.
Being held responsible for and providing evidence of student learning and achievement and sound fiscal organizational management.
Ensuring that activities on supported systems can be traced to an individual who is held responsible for the integrity of the data.
In government, accountability can be thought of as enforcing or explaining responsibility. It is often used as a synonym for “responsibility” because both are defined by the office holder’s authority; they cover the same ground. Accountability involves rendering an account to someone such as Parliament or a superior, on how and how well one’s responsibilities are being met, on actions taken to correct problems and to ensure they do not reoccur. (From: A Strong Foundation: Report of the task force on public service values and ethics.)
The quality of being held answerable or responsible for, which may make one liable to being called to account.
An organisation's obligations towards its members, tenants, service users,local communities, local authorities, government and other partners. For RSLs, this includes the demonstration of proper use of public funds.
Assessment processes provide information to parents, students, systems, institutions and other stakeholders and may be open to public scrutiny. For accountability purposes it is the professional responsibility of schools and teachers to ensure that assessment procedures are appropriate, transparent, equitable and inclusive of all learners.
Auditing of activities on an AIS to be traced to persons who may then be held responsible for their actions.(COMSEC) Principle that an individual is responsible for safeguarding and controlling of COMSEC equipment, keying material, and information entrusted to his/her care and is answerable to proper authority for the loss or misuse of that equipment or information.
Responsibility for achieving the Core Results.
to justify, explain or defend one's actions (or those of one's subordinates) based on powers and responsibilities bestowed by a superior authority. The account may encompass a statement of any necessary corrective action to be taken. The superior authority has the obligation to hold to account all those on whom it has bestowed powers and responsibilities.
The ability to identify who or what was responsible for taking a particular action. Typically requires a logging system to record activity and authentication to verify that the user was actually the originator/instigator.
the obligation to account for responsibilities conferred; in this context, the provision of documented assurance that publicly funded colleges, institutes and agencies are effectively serving local and provincial needs through the appropriate use of available resources.
A person is accountable for a task if failure to adequately perform that task carries professional consequences. These professional consequences can take one or more of four possible forms: â€¢ His reputation is damaged among his peers and in the organization â€¢ His manager gives him a poor performance review â€¢ His compensation is reduced â€¢ His responsibilities are changed (or taken away altogether if he is fired)
One of four critical policy activities. Ensures that a person who has been delegated responsibility for a task has the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job duties appropriately and is actively involved in the task being performed.
the state of being responsible to someone for some actions (company directors are accountable to the company's shareholders).
Accountability is not to be understood merely in financial or legalistic terms, or even merely formal, terms. It is a matter of attitude, and a certain culture of attitude is primarily what is being promoted here. Legal accountability may or may not help to promote such a culture. Fundamentally it is the willingness and preparedness to explain and justify one’s intentions, acts and omissions to all those affected, even indirectly, by the consequences. It is also the processes by which such preparedness is manifested and made actual.
Having to answer for one's conduct. Both police organizations and individual officers are distinctly accountable to the public, elected officials, and the courts for how well they control crime, maintain order, and perform these tasks while remaining in compliance with the law.
Being answerable to one's superior in an organization for the exercise of one's authority and the performance of one's duties. See also Responsibility. [D00010] CCCP Being answerable for results. [D00009] FWH
Accountability is entailed by responsibility. Anyone who is responsible is thereby accountable. To be responsible is to accept judgments, acts and omissions (refusals or failures to act) as one's own burden where appropriate, and in whole or in part. Accountability is a state of responsiveness. The readiness or preparedness to give an explanation or justification to relevant others (stakeholders) for one's judgments, intentions, acts and omissions when appropriately called upon to do so.
Holding governing bodies, districts, schools, and students responsible for student success as well as the efficient and effective use of money and other resources. Also implies public reporting of measures and results.
Taking responsibility; an "accountability partner" assists people in making wise decisions about life and money.
is traditionally established when Parliament confers responsibility on public sector agencies to account through a Minister of the Crown for all that is done in the exercise of their authority, the manner in which it is done and the ends sought to be achieved.
(Responsabilisation) With respect to staffing, deputy heads are accountable to the Public Service Commission (PSC), which, in turn, is accountable to Parliament. In this context, accountability can be described as the relationship between organizations and the PSC based on the obligations to review, demonstrate, and take responsibility for the management and results of the staffing system in light of agreed expectations. As well, an accountability relationship exists within organizations between managers and the deputy head.
the principle that individuals, organisations and the community are responsible for their actions and may be required to explain them to others.
To be answerable for the results of an assigned action. Accountability is associated with delegated authority and is distinct from responsibility. A supervisor can assign responsibility but cannot give away his/her accountability; the manager is ultimately accountable. Example: The Service Center is responsible for providing financial reports and accountable to ensure the financial reports are accurate; however, the unit manager is accountable for the budgetary condition or financial standing of the unit.
occurs when respondents/defendants acknowledge responsibility for their behavior, are aware of the harmful effects their behavior has on others (e.g., victims, family members, community), and repair the harm they caused through completion of their disposition requirements
Assigning responsibility for an activity, usually involving a financial value.
holding operating personnel responsible for the estimated costs in their budgets and for expenditures.
The principle that individuals using a facility or a computer system must be identifiable. With accountability, violations or attempted violations of system security can be traced to individuals who can then be held responsible.
Adjusting to Accountability in the Days of NCLB Making Data Work for Your School Using Data Rooms to Map Your Way to Success Setting Standards in Our Schools: What Can We Expect? From the Principal Files: Has Accountability Taken All the Fun Out of Teaching and Learning? Driven By Data -- What It's Like to Teach in the Age of Accountability Seeking Help in the Accountability Era
The ability to map a given activity or event back to the responsible party
The demand by a community (public officials, employers, and taxpayers) for school officials to prove that money invested in education has led to measurable learning.
Responsibility for performance and results; holding political leaders and agency managers accountable for results against agreed-to performance standards.
The obligation of one person or body to answer for the performance or the duties assigned usually to the line with a delegated authority or financed by another body
The extent to which individuals or groups are held directly responsible for something, such as spending or activities.
An organization displays accountability when it actively seeks to meet the legitimate expectations of its stakeholders.
The responsibility of one party to another party. In government, the responsibility of elected and appointed officials to those who elected or chose them or who provide the resources with which services are provided. Being obliged to explain one's actions, to justify what one does. Requires governments to answer to the citizenry-to justify the raising of public resources and to explain the purposes for which they are used. Governmental accountability is based on the belief that the citizenry has a “right to know” (GASB 1989, para. 56).
Obligation to give an account of an action, whether they engaged in the action or not.
During an election cycle, Arizona Interfaith organizations conduct non-partisan accountability sessions with candidates for public office. At these public meetings, all candidates are asked to commit to the agenda developed by the Task Forces based on the issues identified by the local organizations. Volunteer leaders conduct these sessions with presentations by leaders from member congregations and schools, all of whom have received training. These public commitments (or refusals) are documented by the local press, as well as by the organization, thus providing voters with information about the candidates¹ positions. After the election, leaders meet with the elected official to begin the process of implementing the commitments.
Following through with an action you have agreed to do. Being responsible for tracking the results of the action.
The ability to hold an individual accountable for their actions. In the case of DRM systems this is achieved by auditing the actions of individuals using protected information.
According to Western Michigan's Evaluation Center, accountability is the responsibility for implementing a process or procedure, for justifying decisions made, and for results or outcomes produced. Teachers are often said to be accountable for their students' learning in the assigned subject area, within the limits of the students' abilities and the time and resources available.
In North Carolina, the " A" of The ABCs of Public Education stands for accountability, the way that public schools assure the public of results. The ABCs focuses on school-level accountability to assure that students are progressing as they should.
the property that ensures that the actions of an entity may be traced uniquely to the entitya
the process whereby those to whom authority has been conferred or delegated and/or responsibilities assigned must justify, explain or defend their actions (or those of one's subordinates) to a superior authority who has the obligation to hold to account all those on whom it has bestowed authority and responsibilities.
Obligation to demonstrate that work has been conducted in compliance with agreed rules and standards or to report fairly and accurately on performance results vis a vis mandated roles and/or plans. This may require a careful, even legally defensible, demonstration that the work is consistent with the contract terms. Source: OECD Glossary of Key Terms in Evaluation and Results Based Management
Means by which individuals and organisations report their actions and are answerable to others for what they have done.
The responsibility of a foundation/organization to publicly disclose information on their activities, particularly justification for financial activities and the decisions surrounding them. ffinity group - a formal or informal collaboration of grantmakers with a shared interest in a particular subject or funding area.They represent a variety of different causes, issues and population groups. Many are volunteer-managed, a growing number are formally organized and some offer technical assistance, publish newsletters and other publications, and conduct workshops and conferences.
Obligation of government, public services or funding agencies to demonstrate to citizens that contracted work has been conducted in compliance with agreed rules and standards or to report fairly and accurately on performance results vis-à-vis mandated roles and/or plans. This may require a careful, even legally defensible, demonstration that the work is consistent with the contract terms. Projects commonly focus on upward accountability to the funding agency, while downward accountability involves making accounts and plans transparent to the primary stakeholders. Ensuring accountability is one part of the function of monitoring and evaluation (learning and management are the other two).
Processes used to demonstrate that institutions and individuals have fulfilled their obligations.
a person is answerable (or accepts responsibility) for his or her own actions.
Being answerable for but not necessarily personally charged with doing the work. Accountability cannot be delegated, but it can be shared.
is the capacity to account for one's actions; or as a representative of one's organization, to account for either your actions or the actions of your organization. The term is usually used in the voluntary sector to refer to the responsibility a non-profit organization has to inform donors of the manner in which their gifts were used.
reddition de comptes Accountability is the obligation to demonstrate and take responsibility for performance in light of commitments and expected outcomes. Source: Glossary â€“ Framework for the Management of Information in the Government of Canada
Policies and practices that hold schools and teachers responsible for student performance. Accountability measures may serve a variety of functions for state, district and school stakeholders, including holding teachers and students accountable for performance on standardized tests, rewarding or sanctioning schools based on student performance, comparing and publicizing performance by schools in a district or across a state, and/or allocating funds based on performance. ( learn more)
Accountability is a concept in ethics with several meanings. It is often used synonymously with such concepts as answerability, responsibility, blameworthiness, liability and other terms associated with the expectation of account-giving. As an aspect of governance, it has been central to discussions related to problems in both the public and private (corporation) worlds.