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Is open government going to make a difference to citizens?

May 11, 2017 – Simon Burall

Involve has been proud to coordinate the UK Open Government Civil Society Network for the last five years. We’ve contributed, alongside many other individuals and organisations, to some tangible outcomes for open government. To pick three notable examples, in the 2013-2015 Action Plan on beneficial ownership and transparency of the extractive industry, and in the…

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Beyond Buzzword Bingo: opening up the language of Open Government

December 16, 2016 – Kaela Scott

Open Government has its own buzzwords – open data, transparency, accountability, participation, scrutiny, anti-corruption, freedom of information, open contracting, digital commons etc. Just like any other policy community this shared language unites those involved, but from the outside it can appear to set a somewhat technocratic and procedural agenda. As someone relatively new to the…

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#ogp16 - 2016 Open Government Partnership Global Summit

#ogp16 – What we’re doing at the 2016 Open Government Partnership Global Summit

December 5, 2016 – Tim Hughes

This week, Simon, Kaela and I will be at #ogp16 - the Global Open Government Partnership Summit in Paris. The summit brings together 3,000 representatives from more than 70 countries, including Heads of State, government ministers, mayors, civil society representatives, public servants, members of parliament, developers, researchers, and journalists. This will be the fourth OGP Summit, following previous ones held in Mexico…

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Can more public participation fix our broken democracy?

October 26, 2016 – Simon Burall

I’m fortunate to be attending the two week long Open State Festival in Adelaide, South Australia. There are over 60 events covering the future of leadership, of cities, money, technology and democracy. I’m speaking and participating; it’s been both exciting and really challenging to my thinking. In this blog post I thought I’d digest part…

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What open government policy can learn from internet culture: Reflections on developing the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan

May 24, 2016 – Tim Hughes

Last week saw the launch of the UK’s 2016-18 Open Government National Action Plan – the third plan the government has produced as a member of the global Open Government Partnership. The plan contains an impressive list of commitments, from extending company ownership transparency to opening up elections data, and collecting granular data on government grants to enhancing…

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UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 launched!

May 13, 2016 – Tim Hughes

Yesterday (12 May 2016) saw the launch of the UK's 2016-18 open government action plan at the Prime Minister's Anti-Corruption Summit.  The plan is the product of 18 months of work by the UK Open Government Network, coordinated by Involve, and 12 months of collaboration with government to identify, develop and agree commitments. Responding to the…

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Strengthening the Scottish Open Government Network

February 27, 2016 – Kaela Scott

On the 17th February Involve, the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO) and the Scottish Government held an Open Government workshop at The Gathering 2016 - Scotland’s largest annual Third Sector event. Opening this year’s Gathering First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke about the Scottish Government’s commitment to Open Government, and stated that the Open Government…

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Launching the NAP Review: Results

December 8, 2015 – Tim Hughes

18 months ago we set out to develop a tool for civil society in OGP countries to assess how open and ambitious their governments were being in developing their National Action Plans. After countless drafts of questions and two rounds of pilots, we’re pleased to be able to share with you what we’ve come up…

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Deliberation as compromise or sell-out?

October 23, 2015 – Simon Burall

Graham Smith of Westminster University’s Centre for the Study of Democracy gave me the space to think and the source material which stimulated my thinking as I wrote Room for a View. In his blog post responding to its publication, he highlights a significant tension contained within my analysis: “I worry that some deliberative theorists…

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