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report_card2014 Performance Report:
Calgary City Council
by Jeromy Anton Farkas (12/18/2014)

Last May, The Manning Foundation launched www.counciltracker.ca, a new tool for Calgarians to monitor City Hall, assess the performance of their Councillors and understand what Council’s priorities are. Since then, tens of thousands of Calgarians have logged on, and studied up.

Research Fellow Jeromy Farkas has just tallied the latest round of data and summarized it in a new report, showing an evolution in councillor’s activities since the last update.

Click here for the report.

Raw Data:

2014 Performance Report Attendance

2014 Performance Report In Camera Agenda

2014 Performance Report Question Period

2014 Performance Report Secondary Suite Roll Call Votes

2014 Performance Report Time Tracking

2014 Performance Report Raw Council Minutes

2014 Performance Report Budget Roll Call Votes

 

toolboxCouncil Workload Report:
“Lost in Notation”
by Peter McCaffrey & Jeromy Anton Farkas (08/20/2014)

 

The Manning Foundation has initiated an ambitious project to measure statistically whether Calgary City Councilors vote in accordance with the wishes of Calgarians, and analyze the general patterns of voting, attendance, and behaviour.

Click here for the report.

 

toolbox2Calgary Performance Report:
“The Democratic Toolbox 2.0”
by Jeromy Anton Farkas (05/28/2014)

 

It’s hard to follow what goes on at City Hall, but it can be made easier by expanding the democratic toolbox available. Since September 2013, the Manning Foundation pilot “Growing the Democratic Toolbox: City Councillor Vote Tracking” has been downloaded more than 10,000 times.

This report examines Calgary City Council performance since being elected in October 2013. How does this new council stack up to the last? How much time does the Calgary City Council spend in secret? What are they talking about? Who votes with whom? Who votes to raise or lower taxes? Who tends to win most often? Who votes against the pack? Find out all of this and more.

Click here for the report

Source data: Time Tracking

Source data: Question Period

Source data: Roll call votes

Source data: Meeting minutes

Source data: In Camera Agenda

Source data: Conflicts of Interest

Source data: Budget Multidimensional scaling

Source data: Attendance

2013 Civic Poll:
Second Poll of Calgarians’ Attitudes on Major Civic Issues
Manning Foundation (10/15/2013)

Second Poll of Calgarians’ Attitudes on Major Civic Issues (Oct 15, 2013)

The Manning Foundation for Democratic Education today released the results of an opinion survey of 2,000 Calgary citizens.

The issues ranged from the recent floods to affordability, crime and other issues. Overall, the top issues from last year’s survey remain in top contention this year, with accountability of local politicians appearing quite high in this year’s study. Despite the severity of recent floods in Calgary, dealing with the impact of the flood did not rank as the top issue for Calgarians.

Poll-release-summary

Poll-Full-Results


toolboxPilot Research Paper:
“The Democratic Toolbox: Council Vote Tracking”
by Jeromy Anton Farkas (09/20/2013)

 

The Manning Foundation has initiated an ambitious project to measure statistically whether Calgary City Councilors vote in accordance with the wishes of Calgarians, and analyze the general patterns of voting, attendance, and behaviour.

Click here for the report

Source data: Council Minutes (zip file, 80 files over 812KB)

Source data: Attendance (Excel, 11 KB)

Source data: In camera agenda (Excel, 30KB)

Source data: In camera times (Excel, 213KB)

Source data: Conflicts of interest (Excel, 16KB)

Source data: Meetings (Excel, 70KB)

Source data: Question period (Excel, 25KB)

Source data: Voting record (Excel, 26KB)