Citizens often don’t have access to the same data and information that city officials use to make their decisions and as a result it can often be confusing how decisions are made.
Mayor Andy Berke has proposed the “Radical Transparency” initiative in Chattanooga, that opens up the data and information that drives decision making within the city to the general public. Lots of cities have open data or transparency or performance management efforts, but rarely are they all connected. This effort leverages the efforts already in place to use data to drive continuous improvements through performance management and provides that same information to the public via the city’s open data portal. By allowing anyone to view and perform their own analysis on such data, Mayor Berke is helping to restore trust in local government.