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Research project: Exploring the impacts of online budget information at the sub-national level in Brazil
The Transparency Law in Brazil requires all public entities to web publish detailed budget data in real time. This law started in 2009, and 2013 is the final deadline for more than 5,500 Brazilian municipalities to comply with this legislation. There is a gap in the literature about how public managers and civil society organizations deal with budgetary data at the Brazilian municipal level. In this project, researcher have analyzed the Cuidando do Meu Bairro initiative (Caring for my neighborhood), an online tool visualising budget and spend data for the city of São Paulo on an interactive map. During 2013 the tool was introduced to civil society and public managers through the Escola de Cidadania da Zona Leste Pedro Yamaguchi Ferreira (School of Citizenship Pedro Yamaguchi Ferreira). Through surveys and in-depth interviews, this project has explored whether the Cuidando do Meu Bairro platform allows the public to better understand municipal budgets, how budget information is used by the population, and how public managers respond to citizen use of the data.
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