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Evaluation of Iowa city websites

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Below is a chart evaluating the transparency efforts of websites for cities in Iowa.

Reading the chart

In the chart below:

600px-Yes check.png means that information is included on the government website
600px-Red x.png means that the information was not provided on the government website
P
Partial.png
means that information was partially provided

Check the page about each city for more detailed information about what information is available on the city website, along with recommendations users have made for positive changes.

Conclusions chart

2012

This chart encompasses the 5 largest cities in Iowa, which averaged a "B+" website transparency grade as of January 2012.

Budget? Meetings? Elected officials? Admin. Officials? Permits/
Zoning
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Audits? Contracts? Lobbying? Public records? Taxes?
Y
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5 5 5 3 5 5 5 2 3 4
P
Partial.png
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
N
600px-Red x.png
0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 2 1

Comparison chart


" City Grades Budget Meetings Elected Officials Admin.
Officials
Permits/
Zoning
Audits Contracts Lobbying Public records Taxes
Cedar Rapids, Iowa B
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Davenport, Iowa A+
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Des Moines, Iowa C Y
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Y
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Y
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N
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Y
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Y
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Y
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N
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N
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N
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Iowa City, Iowa A+
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Sioux City, Iowa B
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N
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N
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Comparison of all city websites

Comparison chart


" City Grades Budget Meetings Elected Officials Admin.
Officials
Permits/
Zoning
Audits Contracts Lobbying Public records Taxes
Cedar Rapids, Iowa B
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N
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Clinton, Iowa D- N
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N
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N
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N
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N
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N
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Davenport, Iowa A+
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Des Moines, Iowa C Y
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Y
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Y
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N
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Y
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Y
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Y
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N
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N
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N
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Iowa City, Iowa A+
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Y
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Sioux Center, Iowa C- Y
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N
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Y
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Y
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Y
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Y
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N
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N
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N
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N
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Sioux City, Iowa B
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N
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N
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Correcting errors

If you discover an error in this chart or on one of the articles about an Iowa city, you can report the error to Geoff Pallay, Director of Research.