Transparency

Transparency Index

“Access Arkansas: County-Level Web Transparency” by Joyce Ajayi, Dr. Mavuto Kalulu, and Terra Aquia

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This inaugural index ranks all Arkansas counties by how much financial, political, and administrative information their websites contain.

Arkansas counties earned an F grade in the 2013 Transparency Report Card produced by Sunshine Review. Ajayi, Kalulu, and Aquia hope their index will motivate Arkansas county governments to improve access to this important information for their constituents.

ACRE Research Papers

“Improve Transparency in Arkansas: Every Arkansas County Needs Fiscal Data Available On-Line” by J.T. Schrock and Dr. David Mitchell

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The authors surveyed each Arkansas county’s web presence, and did not find a consistent structure or consistent content for the websites. Many Arkansas counties have no significant web presence. One-third of the counties had no website for the county government in any form. Only a handful of the remaining counties had made any fiscal and budgetary information available on their website. Schrock and Mitchell estimate that no more than 11 percent of the voting public are likely to see the Annual Financial Report under Arkansas’s current requirement. ACRE’s solution for this problem would be to increase the county-government web presence for every county in Arkansas, and especially to include government financial data, made available to the public anytime, on demand. This information should be presented in a quality and structure that can be easily understood by anyone with a reasonable background in reading financial or business data. Finally, the information should be complete and be inclusive of all areas of government responsible to the county judge.

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  • ACRE Policy Analyst Dr. Mavuto Kalulu and Program Coordinator Terra Aquia were on Conduit News Radio on September 26, 2018, discussing their recently released transparency index.

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