A reference tool to easily explore State budget and understand public spending in Spain.
- Reflect back on the objective of the tool you built: did you exceed it, or fall short? If so, why?
Dónde van mis impuestos (Where my taxes go) is a reference tool to easily explore State budget and understand public spending in Spain. The project uses existing public data from official sources such as budget data, population data and inflation data.
The aim of the tool was for citizens to be able to visualize budgets.
The idea for the tools comes from similar tool from England, but the tool was made from scratch. There was interest from citizens and from the administrations of local municipalities and regions.
- What are the tools’ metrics for success and what does metric say – how well did the tool do?
It is a tool that has had a great impact, as the feedback has been very positive from users/citizens, to understand how things work.
Some 30 local administrations now use the tool.
We do consider it a success story because of the economic aspect, but more because of the progress it made, as each local administration proposed a step further (e.g. budgets only, then budgets and budget execution, etc.), so the tool moved forward.
- What worked well through the implementation process? What areas have room for improvement?
The part that has not been so good is that the administrations of the municipalities have not done it to communicate and explain what is going to be done with a new budget. Most of them have published it and that’s it, but what we wanted or would like is that there is a dialogue with the citizen. But it is a first step because, again, in Spain there is no such culture and it is a gradual process.
In the future, we hope that it can serve as a control tool, for example, to write articles addressing that something has not been implemented, such as oversight of budget spending.
- GOAL:Oversight of public spending
- Made by:Civio (email@example.com)
- YEARS ACTIVE:2014 – to date