December 19, 2011 •
Massachusetts Open Checkbook is a very user-friendly transparency website
The Massachusetts state government, like many other state governments, has launched a transparency website to provide citizens with data that they previously could not easily access.
What sets the Massachusett’s transparency website, Massachusetts Open Checkbook, apart from similar websites is their level of detail and the option to view the spending data in different ways.
Some states, such as California, have taken down their websites because after the initial creation of the website, information had not been adequately updated, and the website was not serving the purpose that it was meant to serve.
The Massachusetts Open Checkbook provides different categories and displays a detailed breakdown of their budget on pie charts, making this website possibly the most user friendly transparency website launched by a state government yet.
To learn more, read Massachusetts Puts User-Friendly Checkbook Online by Sarah Rich.