So what doesn’t the Dashboard include? Take a look at the matrix below, provided on the Dashboard’s “What’s Coming” section of the website. X’s indicate data that is publically available on the site.This is the short list of the 20+ agencies which the government intends to include data on in the complete version of Dashboard. The addition of other agencies and more detailed data is to be released in phases over time, but over how much time is the question. Principle 3 of 7 listed as a core principle guiding the Dashboard calls for data to be “published with the level of detail, quality, and speed needed to enhance government development planning and empower citizens to hold their government accountable.” But how much time constitutes the “speed” necessary to empower citizens? I’d say less than 12 months. The Dashboard has the mandate to be a powerful conveyor of information, a tool to help ensure programs and agencies are more accountable to Congress and the American public. It has the potential to provide key stakeholders with the information they need to analyze aid expenditures, shut down ineffective programs, and focus resources in areas where assistance can be most effective. If updated with project information and performance data, it can help advocates push the government to remarry evidence to resource allocations and spending to successful programs. Before its birthday on December 16th, let’s see the government fulfill its promises and make more data available on the Dashboard. What else would you like included in the Dashboard? As always, the Rethink team is eager to hear your suggestions on how to make this tool even more effective. Please feel free to add your comments below.
 Another area for concern is principle 7 which calls for the government to institutionalize a process that facilitates the collection and dissemination of data on foreign assistance across agencies. There is no mention on the Dashboard of any progress on creating such a process.
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