Governments are heeding the call to deliver information in a way that creates transparency and demonstrates accountability. Providing citizens with a way to see plans for services and infrastructure, spending, and the evolution of public policy starts with providing access to information.
While transparency creates a window into the world of government operations, accountability provides a measure of how government is performing. When a government holds itself accountable to citizens, it shows them how and why decisions are made, offers measures of whether public policy is successful, and presents areas where business and citizens can get involved to help government meet goals. Accountability builds confidence in government.