Budgeting Transparency: 3 Ways to Avoid Sharing An Excel Spreadsheet
1. Use infographics and data visualization
2. Provide context--numbers alone don’t create a story
3. Figure out the story of this budget
Budget Story Examples:
Example: In 2008, We are in a recession, we have to make cuts to save costs and minimize impacts to the community.
Example: In 2015: After years of cut backs, we are right-sizing roles based on what the community needs.
Now determine your story which will guide your framework of budget communication. Sharing human elements, long term planning, and city vision will help citizens be more receptive of why decisions are made.