The two institutions are working to develop the indicator used by governments across 122 countries as a tool to enhance public management and bring it even closer to Brazil’s reality.

Through a series of events held in partnership with Open Knowledge Brasil (OKBR), FGV’s Department of Public Policy Analysis (DAPP) will launch the Brazilian edition of the Open Data Index (ODI) this month – a civil society initiative designed to assess the state of open government data worldwide. Three assessments were established for Brazil through a joint effort between the two institutions: Open Data Index (ODI) Brasil, at national level, and ODI Sao Paulo and ODI Rio de Janeiro, at municipal level. The last two are part of a pioneering initiative, since these are the first regional ODIs in Brazil, in addition to the nationwide assessment.

“This partnership with OKBr and the development of the Open Data Index complement DAPP’s life-long efforts in the areas of political and budget transparency, featuring widely recognized tools such as the Budget Mosaic and Transparent Chamber. We believe that public debate can only be qualified through data transparency, social engagement and dialog within network society,” said Marco Aurelio Ruediger, director of DAPP. 

The two institutions are working to develop the indicator used by governments across 122 countries as a tool to enhance public management and bring it even closer to Brazil’s reality. The goal is for data disclosure to promote institutional development by encouraging transparency within the government’s foundations, achieved both through constant scrutiny by civil society and improvements implemented by administrators regarding the quality and access to information.

“Among the practical results of this new effort for society is the possibility of using results to develop and monitor public policies regarding transparency and open data,” said Ariel Kogan, CEO of OKBR.

The ODI Sao Paulo index will be launched at the City Council on April 25, at 10 a.m. The ODI Brasil index will be unveiled at Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, in Brasilia, on April 27th at 2 p.m. ODI Rio de Janeiro will be launched at the auditorium of FGV’s main office on May 4, at 12 p.m.

About the Open Data Index

The Open Data Index has been used as a tool to set priorities regarding transparency and open data policies, as well as a pressure mechanism used by civil society to encourage governments to enhance their performance, releasing sets of essential data.

The indicator is based on data availability and accessibility across 13 key categories, including government spending, election results, public acquisitions, pollution levels, water quality data, land ownership, and climate data, among others.

Submissions are peer reviewed and verified by a local team of data set experts and reviewers. Points are assigned based on the conclusions reached through this process.

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