Cicero Independiente's Efrain Soriano is part of MuckRock's Transparency Corps, using public records to understand housing issues impacting the Chicago suburb. One key area that caught his attention: How rental and utility assistance programs were being managed and publicized.
But before he dug into that, he found it was key to build trust with collaborators, both within the Corps and in the wider community. It takes time to trust the people you’re working with. Delaying or attempting to skip that step in the collaborative process will only derail the goals he came into the program with, he writes in a new reflection on MuckRock.