Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation The Transparency Policy Project

Science and Regulation: Targeting Transparency

See the June 2013 issue of Science magazine for an article by Project principles on policy goals and targeted transparency. MORE

The Book

Information is power. Sometimes giving people the facts can save lives and improve markets and government. But distorted, out of date, or politically skewed information can do more harm than good. How can we tell the difference and work toward more effective transparency? MORE. 



Transparency at the Labor Department

A smart and efficient strategy for delivering their datasets to API subscribers is the subject of a recent article on the web. MORE

The Transparency Policy Project seeks to understand and improve disclosure of factual information that protects the public. Nutritional labels, car safety ratings, toxic chemical reports, and financial accounting standards are among the scores of policies that aim to reduce risks. The Project is affiliated with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

We have constructed a framework for assessing the effectiveness of disclosure systems designed to improve public health and safety, reduce risks to investors, minimize corruption, and improve public services. The Project also explores the power and limits of technology to create collective knowledge that serves the public in the United States, Europe and developing countries. 

In Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency and dozens of other publications we explain how information disclosure can go wrong and how new approaches can inform everyday choices, save lives and reduce injuries, improve business products and practices, and lead to more effective government.