SMFCSD Launches Interactive Financial Transparency Platform OpenGov
The San Mateo-Foster City School District (SMFCSD) has partnered with OpenGov to provide transparent and accessible budget information to our community. The portal is designed to present the same financial information that is shared with the Board of Trustees, and submitted to the San Mateo County Office of Education and the State in a user friendly format. The OpenGov portal provides the opportunity to view, filter, and analyze revenues, expenditures, and other financial data for SMFCSD. Also available for viewing are enrollment trends from 2010 to 2017. Through the graphs and data in OpenGov, stakeholders can easily learn about the District’s financial data and drill down to further explore details on specific areas of interest. The portal is designed to enhance transparency in financial reporting and provide the community with an interactive tool to gain further insight into our operations.
District financial reports are presented to and approved by the Board in a public meeting and can be viewed by going to Agenda Online. Once approved by the Board, the financial reports are posted on the District’s website and can be viewed by going to our Budget Updates page.
through OpenGov, please visit smfcsdca.opengov.com
OPENGOV HOW-TO GUIDE AND FAQS
OpenGov allows you to explore budget and historical finances in a simple graphical user interface.
- You'll notice the title of the Report you are viewing in the top left corner.
- Click on Saved on the left-hand side to view a list of common or favorite views on each report.
- Select Filter to display key menus.
- You can use the Show drop-down to select the data that is of most interest to you.
- Use the Broken Down By drop-down to specify the category you would like the data organized by in your chart or graph.
- Select the Filtered By option to view the data filters. These filters will allow you to select exactly which data you want to include, or exclude, from your graph or chart.
- Use the Search function within each filter to find exactly what you are looking for.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is OpenGov?
A: OpenGov is a transparency website that displays financial data for governmental agencies. Data can be analyzed and compared using a single or multi-year format.
Q: How do I select the data I want to see?
A: To focus on specific data — like a school site, expenditure type, or any combination — use the menu on the left side panel. The “Broken Down By” drop-down allows you to specify which breakdown you want the graphs and table rows to represent on the graph.
Q: Can I select more than fund or departments?
A: Yes. Use the Data Filter on the left side panel to make specific selections within the data. The Data Filter shows you the hierarchical relationships of Funds, Departments, and Account Types. You'll notice the title of the graph you are viewing on top along with the account type selector. You can use the filter to see the data of most interest to you.
Q: How do I see the actual numbers within the graph?
A: Hover over any area of the graph to see the actual or budgeted amounts for that period. Or, just scroll down to see a table with detailed information below the graph.
Q: Can I see the data in a different graph?
A: In the upper right hand corner, you will see options for the different graphs and tables. There are five graph types: an area graph, an area graph by percentage, a line graph, a pie graph, and a bar chart. Additionally, there is always a table view below any graph. The table allows you to zoom-in on the detailed financial data selected in the chart or graph above.
Q: Why are there sometimes spikes in one year?
A: In reviewing multiple years of data, you may see "spikes" in the individual years; this can be due to unexpected expenses, a capital project, an expense budgeted in one year and completed in the following year, or a specific event that required additional funds. You can drill-down into our OpenGov platform to learn more about where exactly those expense or revenues are categorized.
Q: Can I save the data I am looking at?
A: Yes, there are Share and Download buttons in the upper right corner. You can share any view on a social network or by email. There are also options to download the displayed data in .csv spreadsheet and .png image formats. Additionally, you can copy and paste the url at the top of the page you are viewing.