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Transparency checklist templates

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This is an instructional page on how to fill out and add a transparency checklist for a city, county, school district or state agency.

Editor's note: Transparency evaluations are conducted upon request. Email sunshine@ballotpedia.org with your request.

Read more about Sunshine Review's transparency checklist project and process here.

Filling out the templates

Below are the templates for City, County, and School District Checklists. All options are set to "No" by default. When reviewing a website if the information contained in the website is there or partially there, change "No" to "Yes." Enter {{Yes (Sunshine Review)}} if all information desired is present and enter {{partial}} if only partial information is present.

If a feature is available on a government site, make sure to provide a reference. See Help:Footnotes for instructions on formatting references.

Elected Officials = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |

The templates you need start with {{ and end with }}. The | indicates the change from one line to the next.

Example: To get a better feel for how these are done check out the Websites of the Texas Cities page which has transparency checklists completed for hundreds of city websites.

Code: city checklist

{{City transparency checklist |
 Rating                    = {{Rating0}} |
 Budget                    = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Meetings                  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Elected Officials         = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Administrative Officials  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Ethics                    = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Audits                    = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} | 
 Contracts                 = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Lobbying                  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Public records            = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Taxes                     = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
}}

Code: county checklist

{{County transparency checklist |
 Rating                                       = {{Rating0}} |
 Budget                                       = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Meetings                                     = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Elected Officials                            = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Administrative Officials                     = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Building permits and zoning                  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Audits                                       = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} | 
 Contracts                                    = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Lobbying                                     = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Public records                               = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Local taxes                                  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
}}

Code: school checklist

{{School district transparency checklist |
 Rating                    = {{Rating0}} |
 Taxes                     = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Budget                    = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Meetings                  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Elected Officials         = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Administrative Officials  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Contracts                 = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Lobbying                  = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Public records            = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Audits                    = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} | 
 Academic performance      = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
 Background checks         = {{No (Sunshine Review)}} |
}}

Elaborating on the checklists

If a government website contains good or partial information please expand on it in the body of the article. You can do this by simply creating two sections The good and The bad. For example:

==The good==

* The county website post the budgets for the past five years.<ref>[http://url.com ''Orange County'',"County budgets," accessed January 5, 2015]</ref>

==The bad==
* Elected officials but the website lists no way of contacting them.  Here is an examples of a references in wiki code:<ref>[http://url.com ''Cook County'',"County elected officials," accessed January 1, 2014]</ref>

See also

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