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Transparency and Governance Center


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The Transparency and Governance Center (TGC) in the School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) focuses on programming, research, and projects related to public sector transparency and governance. The TGC periodically employs graduate students to work with faculty on related projects and programming. Visiting scholars from all over the world come to SPAA to work on transparency and governance related research projects. From 2014-2016, the Institute, under the leadership of Professor Piotrowski, served as independent national assessor for the United States’ Open Government Partnership action plan.



TGC Workshop Sept 2017
Transparency Research Workshop – September 22, 2017

The broader mission of the TGC is to better understand the impact of transparency on good governance. We draw on the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and are motivated by a belief in the importance of conducting sound scientific research that is of practical relevance. In particular we focus on the UNDP’s SDG 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions. One of the targets of SDG 16 is to “Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.” 

The Transparency and Governance Center is committed to meaningfully addressing the complex problems governments today are confronting. We believe the best way to do this is bring people together to discuss their work and form collaborations. 

The TGC is also committed to conducting and supporting scholarly research that meaningfully contributes to advancing practice. In this respect, the Center ensures that members are actively engaged in scholarly communities that focus on issues of transparency and governance by attending conferences and publishing in relevant journals.

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