Our Programs

The Transparency Foundation carries out its mission to make public institutions more transparent and accountable to the people they serve through five comprehensive program areas. As we carry out activities in each program area, we focus on three strategies:

Inform

Through our research studies, investigations and public education efforts we seek to promote an informed citizenry and equip leaders with best practices.

Engage

By recruiting, training, and mentoring leaders to become involved in their community, we seek to promote more public engagement in the process of governing.

Advocate

By advocating for common-sense reforms, we seek to improve government accountability and transparency.

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Decisions are made by those who show up. That’s why the Center for Civic Engagement identifies, trains, and empowers individuals to make a difference in their communities by participating in the process of decision-making at all levels of government.

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The Open Government Institute promotes research and training on cutting-edge practices and technologies that can make government institutions more transparent to the people they serve.

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Conflict Watch advocates for strong disclosure rules to combat self-dealing and conflicts-of-interest in public institutions. From campaign finance to personal finance, the public has a right to know how leaders of a public institution may personally benefit from decisions being made.

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“What results do we get for our tax dollars?” That’s the question the Government Performance Initiative seeks to answer by sponsoring investigative research and independent program evaluations of programs at the federal, state and local levels of government.

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Confidence and trust in the integrity of American elections are at all-time lows. The Confidence in Democracy Initiative supports public awareness on rules governing elections in each state and advocates for common-sense reforms to improve how elections are conducted.

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The Center for Public Finance Transparency protects taxpayers by exposing the real financial condition of government agencies and identifying risky financial and regulatory practices that can have adverse impacts on the public.

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