A key part of accountability is reporting back to constituents on the effects of various programs and policies in a consistent and understandable form. Several local governments have put in place dashboards or other reports that allow citizens to easily track progress toward certain goals. Here are some examples:
The best reports of progress are those that (i) are aligned with clearly identified citizen priorities, (ii) help citizens understand cause and effect, and (iii) allow for ongoing discussion of new options and actions. See for example the indicators of the degree of government influence at the Albemarle website, explanations of each measure in the Minnesota reports, or trend lines and comparative data in the Westminster reports.