Measuring open data’s impact of Brazilian national and sub-national budget transparency websites and its impacts on people’s rights

An Unprecedented Research in Brazil

Having to access to budget information is critical for ensuring transparency in the public sector, thus enhancing its effectiveness and accountability, Recently, a movement was launched for data to be open, that is, freely available, in a timely fashion and to any citizen. This is a new process that is still under way and whose features vary according to the country where it is taking place. In Brazil, the availability of data on public management has increased since the Access to Information Act (LAI, in its Portuguese acronym) was passed in 2011, which governs the procedures to be followed by the federated entities to ensure access to information to society