Our friends and University Network for Collaborative Government (UNCG) colleagues at UNC School of Government host a vibrant discussion around public engagement on their blog. A recent post by contributor Eric Jackson looks at the Opportunities and Gaps in online engagement around municipal budgets today. From the post:
All these initiatives are very much to be celebrated. They are the leading edge of a powerful and growing trend toward greater openness in local government and promise better citizen access to the critical financial information and decision-making that underlie nearly everything city and county governments do. However, it’s important to ask just where we’re going and how we’ll know that we’ve arrived. How do we ensure that open budget efforts actually improve community engagement and outcomes over other means for learning citizens’ priorities?
Explore Jackson’s answers to these questions and join the conversation yourself here.