Measuring open government

From Nextgov:

Crowing about the success of a program or initiative doesn’t mean much if you don’t have hard numbers to back up those claims. That’s a lesson every field learns eventually and most have to relearn on a regular basis.

With that in mind I wanted to draw attention to a proposal from the organization Global Integrity submitted as part of the Knight Foundation’s open government News Challenge. Global Integrity’s goal is not to create a new open government app but to embark on a comprehensive assessment of government transparency programs that already exist so governments and open government advocates can move beyond “increasingly stale stories and one-off narratives” and start working toward a genuine cost-benefit analysis of open government programs.