“Civic Participation, Data Visualization and Local Government” International Conference




Experts of four countries’ organizations - the Czech Republic (CETA, Centre for Economic and Market Analysis), Slovakia (INEKO, Institute for Economic and Social Reforms), Hungary (Budapest Institute), and Armenia (Compass) - have shared their knowledge about challenges and lessons in budget visualisation practices at a workshop hel in Gyumri, Georgia. The workshop delivered presentations and exchange with 20 representatives of Armenian NGOs, the Ministry of Finance of Armenia, Regional Government of Shirak province and Gyumri municipality.

Conference participants have assessed the question, how data visualization can facilitate monitoring budget spendings, increasing local government’s efficiency and motivating citizens to participate in public decision making processes. The need for transparency of budget spending was expressed.

The discussions led to the conclusion that overseeing local budget is a cornerstone in local democracy development in order to make informed decisions on both sides, government and citizens.

The event was supported by the International Visegrad Fund and the Government of the Netherlands.


Gyumri, Armenia

Coordinator Petra Edina Reszkető
Data visualization guidelines
Press release (in Hungarian)
Handout - Dos and don'ts
Budapest Institute presentation
Data visualization rules