As an independent body, the IRM is guided by, but not directly accountable to, the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership. An International Experts Panel (IEP) directly oversees the IRM. This panel is made up of five members. The IEP plays an important role in setting the vision for the IRM and promoting its findings. The IEP members are renowned experts in transparency, participation, and accountability, that play the principal role of guiding development and implementation of the IRM research method and ensuring the highest quality of reports.