Campaign: Making Government Operations More Open

Get Public Officials to Think about and Comment on Transparency before they are Elected

According to a 2008 Sunshine Week survey conducted by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University, three-quarters of American adults view the federal government as secretive (up from 62 percent just two years earlier), and nearly 90 percent say it's important to know presidential and congressional candidates' positions on open government when deciding for whom to vote. Those who see local government as secretive increased ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Grassroots Leadership on Civic Participation

While the three components of the Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government are intertwined, it seems that there are specific constituencies that are better suited to take the lead in helping to implement positive change in each of these areas. The federal government can model the transparency and collaboration principles by testing and implementing new technologies, sharing best practices, and setting higher standards ...more »

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Campaign: New Strategies and Techniques

Public TRUST in Government Needs to be Restored

An open and accessible government is critical to any healthy democracy. However, equally important is its citizenry’s trust in its government – in what is being shared and how it is being shared. If the public does not trust the information that it sees or reads (or the source providing it), then the efforts are fruitless. There has been a decline in public confidence in government at all levels (local, state & federal). ...more »

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Campaign: Performance Appraisal

Give Citizens a Simple Checklist for Rating "Public Engagement"

When I attend a meeting that is supposed to involve some type of "public engagement", it would be nice to have a simple checklist that I could use to rate whether that meeting really was Transparent, Participatory, and Collaborative. This simple checklist could be the standard tool for citizens to provide feedback to government agencies about the quality of their public engagement activities. In fact, the requirement ...more »

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