Use of crowdsourcing to increase capacity in the control of management of public finances
Summary of project results
Monitoring of public institutions (watchdoging) may be very demanding for personal capacities. For example, SlovakLand Fund has got in ten thousands of contracts of renting os land of unknown owners and huge amount of contracts were suspected of inexpedience and even misusing of public money. Unfortunately, it is however pratically impossible for small NGO to check all of the contracts. Therefore the problem solved by the project was a low capacity of the project promoter to fullfil its mission of watchdog of public bodies. The project promoter built a "crowdsoursing" community of 164 volunteers who did very fiddly work of reading xx.xxx scanned contracts of the Slovak Land Fund, tagged them and put in the web-based database. Thanks to it contracts were easy to evaluate by experts then. The web-based software application was developed too to collect findings by external volunteers. They were trained during the project on how to read contracts and how to enter obtained information in the database. There were more goals. More direct one is to build sufficient capacity of the organization and accomplish given tasks. However, second goal is based on the AFP idea to extend crowdsourcing into the area of control of power. This is very innovative and practically brand new idea which makes civic advocacy much more capable. The project promoter elaborated also "manual" of voluntary crowdsourcing in order to spread this method widely. Third important goal was activatng of citizens. Crowdsourcing in anti-corruption activities, in principle, very well fullfils the meaning of "public control" - the more people get involved in public control, the greater the chance of successful detection of cases of mismanagement and more people will be interested in public affairs. The AFP is keeping the group of volunteers and will involve them in further similar activities. A few of volunteers even became closer collaborators of the AFP.
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