The global Steering Committee of SAPRIN was asked by the organizations that initiated country field exercises to establish Standard Operating Procedures as guidelines for moving forth in each nation in an effective and consistent manner. The World Bank SAPRI secretariat reviewed and approved those aspects of the in-country operating procedures related to joint field operations. Hence, the procedures represent "rules of the game" that have guided both parties as SAPRI moved forward in the field. Standard Operating Procedures
The field-investigation methodology that SAPRIN negotiated with the World Bank for use in each country has a number of unique features. One is a pair of highly public and transparent national fora that have given marginalized groups an opportunity to present their experience under adjustment and to take ownership over the field investigation that is bracketed by the two events. Second, the field research was designed to be highly participatory and gender sensitive, with the "subjects" helping to define its questions and parameters. Third, qualitative information, including that presented at the fora, was as valued as quantitative information. And, fourth, the research took a "political economy" approach, with the analysis focusing on those factors in the economic and political system that have determined the selection and design of adjustment policies and their impact when implemented. Field Investigation Methodological Framework
Long and sometimes difficult negotiations between SAPRIN and the World Bank yielded a groundbreaking Information Disclosure Policy Agreement for SAPRI. The Agreement, which was approved by the Bank's Board and is therefore official policy, provides for unprecedented public access to information contained in confidential Bank documents that address the design, intent and content of adjustment programs. In regard to implementation of the Agreement, an Information Team consisting of civil-society, Bank and government representatives in each SAPRI country prepared detailed summaries, which were distributed to the public for use during the national exercises. Information Disclosure Agreement
As a consequence of decisions taken at a SAPRIN global Steering Committee meeting in Bonn in April 1999, a Network team drawn from the Steering Committee, SAPRIN's Regional Centers and national chapters, developed more specific guidelines to assist the country research process. At the same meeting, country Lead Organizations requested financial and technical assistance to launch either expanded work on economic-policy alternatives and/or economic-literacy programs designed to increase the mobilization of citizens around the adjustment issue and to elicit feedback on the country research.
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