Chichezum Adibe

MIT Department: Political Science
Undergraduate Institution: DePaul University
Faculty Mentor: F. Daniel Hidalgo
Website: LinkedIn

2019 Research Poster

Biography

I am currently a rising senior at DePaul University majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Politics and a minor in Public Health. My research interests are in good governance, comparative federalism, and post conflict state-building. My goal is to pursue a PhD in Political Science.

2019 Research Abstract

Using Machine Learning to Measure Local Government Transparency Online in Georgia

Chiche Adibe1, Soubhik Barari 2, Eliza Riley3, Adam Rauch4, and F. Daniel Hidalgo5
1Department of Political Science, DePaul University
2Department of Government, Harvard University
3,4,5Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The emergence of the Internet has transformed digital governance at the local, state, and federal levels within the past few decades. The use of the web has enabled governments to share and disseminate important information to constituents. Due to the absence of standardized transparency standards, there is no effective methodology to evaluate government transparency and enhance accountability for public servants. This study provides a data driven standard for transparency that assesses current governmental performance and gaps in transparency in the U.S. state of Georgia. To measure the variation in government transparency, we used a machine learning algorithm to classify each local governmental website in Georgia based on six metrics for transparency. To evaluate the effectiveness of two pressure factors in improving government transparency, we distributed transparency scorecards to randomly selected municipalities and local media outlets. We expect to find increased saliency of the issue of transparency as well as local governmental transparency in Georgia. Additionally, we expect constituents of these local governmental entities to increase demand for transparency. The methodological approach used in this study can help government administrators, civil society organizations, and the media evaluate standards for transparency online both in the U.S. and worldwide.