Date: 09 Mar 2015

Open government and participation: what should the government commit to?

Open Government Partnership UK Open Government Network

UK Open Government Forum







UK Open Government Civil Society Network

Monday, 9 March 2015 from 17:30 to 20:00 (GMT)

The Boardroom, Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD)
University of Westminster
32-38 Wells Street
W1T 3UW, UK London
United Kingdom

Public participation in policy making is a fundamental part of the open government agenda. It can improve the quality of policy making, bring greater accountability and transparency, and help deepen our democracy.

The UK is a founding member of the Open Government Partnership, an international initiative bringing together networks of reformers inside and outside governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Join the UK Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network and the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in a discussion to develop public participation commitments for the next National Action Plan (NAP). Last year’s commitments include:

  • The UK government will demonstrate the potential of open policy making by running at least five ‘test and demonstrate projects’ across different policy areas. These will inform how open policy making can be deployed across the civil service.
  • The UK government will identify innovative and effective ways to engage the public in policy involving complex scientific and technological innovation through the Sciencewise Programme.
  • The UK government will publish legislation in a draft format on GOV.UK whenever appropriate, in order to enable and promote public involvement and engagement in proposed changes to the law.

What public participation commitments do you want to see in the UK’s next National Action Plan?

Read more about the Open Government Partnership (OGP) here:

Read more about the UK OGP Civil Society Network here:

Read more about the last National Action Plan (NAP) here:


This event is hosted in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster

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