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June 15, 2018
Every year, local governments spend huge sums of money through contracts, on everything from pencils and paper to major infrastructure projects. Open contracting is the idea that by making information about these contracts easily accessible, residents can better understand a government’s objectives, and community members—including vendors—can more effectively participate in this powerful way that governments deliver products and services.
Open contracting can also bring benefits to governments themselves. Improving the contracting information that’s available online can help vendors and community stakeholders better understand past projects and see metrics for how contract performance is measured. This process can help vendors create more competitive bids and help cities solicit better proposals on public projects.
On Tuesday, June 5, join the Sunlight Foundation’s Open Cities team, the Open Contracting Partnership, Harvard Kennedy School’s Government Performance Lab, and the City of Glendale, Arizona
for a webinar discussion about how open data can be used to improve contracting outcomes, including tips for how cities anywhere can use this approach.