If you are looking for a tool for active citizen engagement at a municipal level, Pioneer Institute has created what you are looking for:
MassCityStats gives the general public access to data on public safety, education, fiscal management and economic development for 14 cities across the state.
With this data you’ll be able to find out whether government is managing resources responsibly. If this is not the case, MassCityStats is a perfect source of information to hold local government accountable.
You can download data to your computer and do any analysis you want, plus there’s a function to e-mail your findings to your friends. Check it out at http://www.MassCityStats.org