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Transparency and open data policies and initiatives have reached a state of maturity where it is crucial for us to evaluate them to learn what works, what doesn’t and why. Transparency is not likely to be a cure-all, but we think it is a cure-some; so, we need to figure out where and how it should be best applied. As part of that process, we have been conducting a series of in-depth case studies on the impact of technology enabled transparency policies around the world. Our initial case studies look at transparency in public procurement and we have chosen four countries to study. This analysis discusses our findings about public procurement disclosure by the Slovakian government.
For the Slovakian case study, we conducted interviews or sent questionnaires and surveys to members of the following groups: members of transparency NGOs, journalists who have covered procurement, academic researchers, the Slovakian Government Office of Public Procurement and the Slovakian Business Alliance. The experiences of these diverse respondents have allowed us to develop an equally diverse and comprehensive picture of the impact of the public procurement reforms enacted in Slovakia over recent years.
Our major findings: Slovakians' increased access to public data has led to increased oversight and engagement by the civil sector and the public. However, because of a lack of enforcement, corruption in public procurement remains a significant problem.Continue reading
Great news for the open government movement: Transparency International, one of the key international actors in the fight against corruption... View ArticleContinue reading
Sunlight’s International Fellow presents an up-for-grabs contracts monitoring platform and year-one takeaways. In late 2011, the government in the small country of Slovakia took a bold policy step mandating almost all public contracts and invoices be published online. A reaction to series of scandals this was done in hopes of bringing unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability (read more here). However, the official portal government launched in early 2012 was half-baked, missing full-text search, documents preview or space for comments. While the policy produced more data (“transparency,” if you will), it left accountability untouched.Continue reading
Sunlight closed its doors today to take a rest after last weekend, but still I find myself pouring over Twitter... View ArticleContinue reading
TransparencyCamp is THIS Saturday and Sunday — April 28th and 29th — and it is sold out. We are going... View ArticleContinue reading
Let the countdown to TransparencyCamp 2012 continue with another edition of “Guess Who’s Coming to TCamp12″. Through this mini-series we will... View ArticleContinue reading
Next week Andrew Pendleton and I will be joining our colleagues at Transparency International Lithuania for the Transparency Works event... View ArticleContinue reading
This guest blog comes from Sunlight’s Organizing Fellow, Tamar Gurchiani, who is leaving us today after a wonderful three months... View ArticleContinue reading