Government finance officers or any public officials who are responsible for communicating financial information with the public or overall government transparency.
Governments are increasingly putting their financial data online, but making the information truly useful requires more than uploading PDF files to a website or posting raw data files in a “data dump.” Making financial data useful means making it accessible, giving it context, and finding ways to ensure that the audience understands what is out there. Speakers will present case study examples of their governments and the feedback they have received about their financial transparency efforts. Lessons learned, implementation guidance, and other tips will be featured so participants can be better prepared to begin implementing their financial transparency initiatives.
Those completing this seminar will learn:
- The importance of context in presenting data
- How visual representations can help connect the data points
- Strategies for presenting data in more intuitive and interactive ways
- What to post, including not just line-item expenditure details, but also financial laws, procedures, and timelines
- Safeguarding sensitive information
- Sharing information in a timely manner and in a central location
- Making sure data are accurate when they are being interpreted and reused