AN ACCESSIBLE, COMPREHESIVE YET SIMPLE WAY TO DEMONSTRATE FINANCIAL TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Many local governments make financial information available online to residents. At its most basic level, PDF's of annual budgets, CAFR's, and other documents can be easily downloaded. An increasing number of governmental organizations are also using data visualization tools to graphically display this information. While it’s critical to share this information, the documents and online visualizations are complex and offer little or no explanatory information for the user. Using these documents minus any context or education may lead to the opposite of the intended goal of building trust.