Our government is made up of people we elect to represent us and make decisions that benefit us as a community.
But our public agencies can’t and shouldn’t operate in a vacuum. Whether it’s a town council, a school board, or another public agency, the decision-makers need input from their constituents (you) in order to make good decisions.
In order to participate effectively, citizens need to be informed.
These are the ABC’s of how transparency works for constituents:
You have to be able to get to the information. ClerkBase puts agendas, minutes and historical documents – along with attachments – online in an intelligently searchable format. Our OpenGOVideo solution creates text-searchable video of meetings, so you can see exactly what was discussed. It provides more detail than minutes.
In order to fully understand the current issues, the people must be able to view them in relation to previous actions. We can go back as far as your agency goes. This is great for researching current questions in their historical context.
With the relevant current and historical information in-hand, you can offer feedback to your representatives. That’s meaningful participation!
Whether you want to take an active role in your government’s decision-making process, or just understand it better, the ClerkBase solution has all the tools you need.
Check out our solution for Westerly, RI