City of Covington Launches New Transparency Portal
The City of Covington launched a new program to allow citizens to browse datasets and reports of information collected by the city government for its operational purposes.
The COVDATA portal enhances transparency and accountability by sharing the city’s data with citizens and the general public, the city said in a news release. The COVDATA portal is accessible from the City’s website and directly at data.covingtonky.gov.
A user guide can be found under “About” on the portal homepage.
“Here in Covington we see transparency and openness of our city government as fundamental values as how we serve," said City Manager David Johnston stated. "As a good steward of the public’s resources, we hope COVDATA provides an effective way to present data in an understandable way. I expect it will further pique the interest of our residents in their government.”
Current data is downloadable in standard spreadsheet and portable document (PDF) formats. Mobile-friendly dashboards are also available to provide a more user-friendly view of data. The dashboards currently cover topics on public safety, the environment, and neighborhood economic development.
Along with the option to download processed data and view interactive dashboards, the City of Covington also provides an official summary report for each dataset.
The COVDATA portal was built in-house by the city’s Manager of Analytics and Intelligence, Dr. Todd Sink. “We recognize that the portal is not yet perfect, but it’s a huge step in the right direction," said Sink.
The city will continue to add new datasets and reports to the portal to aid improvements across all facets of city government and enhance community engagement.
The public can fill out a feedback form found under “Contact” on the homepage and offer suggestions for datasets and reports they would like to see available on the COVDATA platform.