Sunday, March 27, 2011

Results are in: Sources of DC budget information

The results are in and they are not terribly surprising.   DC Fiscal Policy Institute (DCFPI) is the leading source of DC budget information, followed by Susie's Budget and Policy Corner.   The next most common sources are The Washington Post and Fair Budget Coalition.   All the results are shown below in the graph entitled "Top-ranked Sources of DC Budget Information."

Survey participants were also asked what sources of DC budget information other than those listed (see the graph "Top-ranked Sources of DC Budget Information.") they used.   The results are a mix of media, social media, organizations, and people; the results are shown here:

  • Organizations (CNHED, DC Alliance of Youth Advocates, Revenue Coalition, Nonprofit Roundtable, Center for Nonprofit Advancement, Think Twice Campaign, Save Our Safety Net of DC)
  • Media (Washington Business Journal, television news)
  • Professionals (community organizers, colleagues and co-workers)
  • Nonprofits, general (action alerts from nonprofits, individual inquiries to nonprofits)
  • Twitter
  • Other (word of mouth, http://www.greyinthedark.org/)

What is more interesting to me is the number of sources used by each respondent.   The most common number of sources, as is illustrated in the graph entitled "Number of Sources Respondents Use for Budget Information", is four.   Seven respondents, out of a whopping 25, use four sources to learn about budget hearings, details and the process.   The most common sources used by the seven respondents are DCFPI, Susie's Budget and Policy Corner and Fair Budget Coalition.   The Washington Post was the next most-common source.

This interests me more because I am a firm believer in getting as much information from as many and as many different kinds of sources and perspectives as possible.   Certainly, few are able to make time for expanded breadth and depth of DC budget sources, but those who are primary sources could be the conduit for such information.

I think there is plenty of room for more DC budget information sources, whether they be straight journalism sources or sources with a point of view.

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