OpenGov makes Mt. Lebanon’s ERP data dynamic, easier to work with, and more useful for reporting.
Communication with Stakeholders is Enhanced
“OpenGov has made my organization highly effective in communicating financial data, not only to department heads and commission members but also to the public,” McCreery said. He has seen value in using OpenGov in presentations to Commissioners and other elected officials because the interactive platform helps staff present the information they want to convey while also offering real-time access to the data of interest to officials, making presentations more dynamic.
“Using OpenGov in a financial presentation really breaks down the barriers that were there with static data,” McCreery explained. He noted how non-financial professionals might not have confidence with numbers presented in column after column on physical paper, but OpenGov’s easy-to-understand visualizations can make a meaningful difference. “With bar graphs, pie graphs, and interactive charts, the things you need can be shown in real time as you navigate the data, and it empowers people,” he said.
He said presenters also benefit when using OpenGov during presentations. OpenGov’s adaptability makes mid-stream adjustments much simpler during live presentations. “You might have one mindset as to where the presentation should go, but you can change views if things go in a different direction,” he explained.
Transparency and Accountability Strengthened
McCreery, a long-time open data proponent, noted how OpenGov has been a valuable partner in Mt. Lebanon’s transparency efforts. The features that empower elected officials during presentations are the town’s first step in communicating more effectively with town residents. McCreery plans to proactively push data out to citizens, creating awareness of trends that impact them with new dashboard features. “OpenGov is helping me be more accountable not only to the citizenry but also to myself,” McCreery said.