Points of View

Blog by Paul Bradley: It’s about time people were involved in government budget setting

28th February 2017

Originally posted on SCVO website Written by Paul Bradley, SCVO. It’s about time people were involved in government budget setting Last week, the Scottish Budget was passed by Parliament. Last-ditch deals were made to secure support for the bill and compromises prevented gridlock. Many conversations between political parties were taking place over how Scotland’s money…


Data and government openness: where next?

6th February 2017

Last week, the Institute for Government published our Whitehall Monitor 2017 annual report, which uses open data to chart the size, shape and performance of government in the UK, including on transparency. In short, we couldn’t compile such a report without government openness, but there are some worrying signs for the future. Our report wouldn’t…


Can Open Government Help Heal Divided Societies? – A Blog from the OGP Summit

21st December 2016

More than 3,000 people gathered in Paris from 7-9th December for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit 2016 hosted by the Government of France. Over the 3 days there were dozens of workshops, pitches and panel discussions on themes ranging from transparency, accountability and anti-corruption to climate and sustainable development, the digital commons and…


Reflections on the OGP Summit

21st December 2016

It’s dry and sunny in Paris, but at the OGP Civil Society Morning there’s a somber mood. The Results of Early OGP Initiatives report launched at the Summit, captured OGP success stories and showed that the participation of civil society can have a significant impact. But the usual optimism of open government reformers has been…


Beyond Buzzword Bingo: opening up the language of Open Government

16th December 2016

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…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Sustainable Development Goals and Devolution

20th September 2016

Written by Kyle Parks, Member of the NI Open Government Network Steering Committee One year on from the launch of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and it feels like they’ve been brushed under the global carpet. At the Open University’s roundtable event in Belfast last week it was widely accepted that much still needs…


Blog: What do the sustainable development goals mean for Scotland?

8th September 2016

Blog by Martha Caddell, Open University Just under a year ago, UN member states agreed a new global framework to replace the Millennium Development Goals. Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development sets out an ambitious plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity. It is underpinned by 17 global goals, the Sustainable…


NI Open Government Network Blog – What does Brexit mean for Northern Ireland?

7th September 2016

Written by David McBurney and Colm Burns On Thursday 23 June this year a referendum was held to decide whether the UK should leave or remain in the European Union. More than 30 million people voted. The Leave Campaign won by the relatively narrow margin of 52% to 48%. The term ‘Brexit’ – that merges the…


Opening the lid on Open Government in Scotland

30th August 2016

One of the key challenges for the Open Government Network in Scotland is opening up the open government agenda to wider civil society, in ways that encourage open government to be understood as a movement for change, rather than a technocratic process. All too often the language associated with Open Government (data, open-contracting, anti-corruption, scrutiny…


Brexit and Open Government

14th July 2016

Brexit, as we now know, means Brexit. But what does it mean for open government in the UK? On the surface, nothing changes. Almost all the legislation, from Freedom of Information to Data Protection, is bound up in UK law. The Open Data agenda will also continue to move along. Even the EU initiated laws…

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