In the course of his inquiry, he discovered to his amazement that some of the municipal departments had no idea what the Decentralized Management Index (DMI) was all about. The DMI is one of the key composite indicators used by the Bolsa Familia (Family Allowance) program, a government welfare initiative that provides financial assistance to poor families. The DMI is intended to measure the level of state and municipal commitment to the Bolsa Familia program objectives. The higher a municipality’s DMI, the more funding it qualifies to receive from the federal Ministry of Social Development.
One of the indicators comprising the DMI is the percentage of children weighed. Trindade learned through Portal ODM that in his city of Camapuã, only 17 percent of children were actually being weighed. Using his platform as a city councilman, Trindade quickly succeeded in getting over 70 percent of the children weighed, thereby raising the value of the composite DMI. As a direct result of his actions, his city qualified to receive an additional USD 2,000 per month of public funding for social programs!
Trindade’s experience with DevInfo is not unique. Portal ODM is increasingly being used and cited in local development plans. Data and presentation objects derived from the database have been widely disseminated in the mainstream media. The database has been officially presented to all 27 Brazilian states in local MDG workshops. And a growing number of Brazilian municipalities are requesting training to be able to use the database system to monitor development progress at the local level.
“DevInfo combats disorganization and lack of planning,” avows Trindade. “Wherever I go, I usually share that DevInfo is the world’s most powerful and modern free public management tool available!”
Data making a difference.
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