Mission & Organization Better Government Association BGA _c75956de-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 _c7595d3c-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 The BGA works for integrity, transparency, and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency; identifying and advocating effective public policy; and engaging and mobilizing the electorate to achieve authentic and responsible reform. _c7595e2c-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 Integrity Transparency Accountability Investigations Investigate allegations of waste, fraud and corruption in city, county, suburban and state government. _c7595ea4-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 1 Investigative Unit The Investigative Unit looks into allegations of waste, fraud and corruption in city, county, suburban and state government, and the results are made public through partnerships with local media. The New York Times BGA partner through the Chicago News Cooperative Chicago News Cooperative BGA partner Chicago Sun-Times BGA partner Crain's Chicago Business BGA partner Chicago Television Affiliate of ABC BGA partner Chicago Television Affiliate of CBS BGA partner Chicago Television Affiliate of FOX BGA partner BGA journalistic investigations are guided by the newly adopted BGA Guidelines for Investigations and Oversight Protocols. _c7595f1c-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 88c591ce-cf18-4cd0-a057-ea9944248a1c Policy Propose policy solutions to corruption, inefficiency, lack of accountability and waste in government. _c7595fa8-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 2 Policy Advocacy Unit The Policy Advocacy Unit builds on the results of the BGA investigations to propose policy solutions to corruption, inefficiency, lack of accountability and waste in government. In 2010, the BGA Policy Unit is focusing on issues such as streamlining government, TIFs and judicial reform. _c759602a-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 11a9a221-d0b2-465a-ac0f-64c9a15ec19c Citizen Watchdogs Encourage and teach citizens to monitor and report on their local governments. _c75960b6-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 3 Citizen Watchdog Training Unit The Citizen Watchdog Training Unit encourages and teaches citizens to monitor and report on their local governments, working with BGA investigators and editors. Trainings will take place throughout the state, particularly in underserved communities. Citizens Underserved Communities Local Governments BGA Investigators BGA Editors _c7596138-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 f40b014d-14cc-4e9a-8cf0-e820e00546b6 Education and Communication Keep the public informed with reliable facts, in-depth information and thoughtful perspectives. _c75961ce-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 4 Citizen Education and Communication Unit The Citizen Education and Communication Unit is committed to responsible civic engagement by keeping the public informed with reliable facts, in-depth information and thoughtful perspectives. Traditional Media Social Media Citizens Whistleblowers Local Governments State Governments Our newly designed website will serve as the hub of all the organization’s units, information and dialogue. Through traditional media and social media, as well as its website, the BGA reaches hundreds of thousands of citizens to educate them on developments in local and state government, train citizens on techniques for monitoring government activities, provide information for whistleblowers, announce calls-to-action and generate vigorous debate. _c759625a-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 20d7eba2-f133-41d1-83ce-94a3c8e37518 Awards Highlight the importance of investigative journalism in advancing the principles of democracy. _c75962f0-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 5 Investigative Journalists Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting highlight the importance of investigative journalism in advancing the principles of democracy, especially in today’s climate of crisis in the journalism community. They are presented each fall. _c759637c-8a37-11e1-ac02-724c71d0e070 c53ce192-9b13-45b7-a355-a996e939480a 2012-04-19 http://www.bettergov.org/about_us/mission__organization.aspx Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.