Scot Open Gov

Scotland Network Meeting: OGP Action Plan progress and network next steps

19th September 2017
The next meeting of Scotland’s Open Government Network will take place at Hayweight House in Edinburgh on Wednesday 8th November, between 13:30 – 16:30. An agenda will be circulated nearer the time. The independent evaluator assigned by OGP to assess Scotland’s Action Plan will be attending the meeting as part of his plans to hold…
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In the hot seat: Keira Oliver of Ingage Scotland talks through the need to think differently to see the change we want

29th August 2017
Increasing transparency, participation, and collaboration throughout government requires significant change. Moving away from traditional approaches to policy design and methods of working to more democratic alternatives requires us to think and behave differently, whilst not getting too frustrated with the long road ahead. Many of us are champions and change agents of open government, committed…
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What does open government offer the Global Goals?

28th August 2017
In being a member of the Open Government Partnership, Scotland is seeking a culture of governance that follows the principles of transparency, accountability and participation. This is the lifeblood of open government and we all know the importance of getting it right. Scotland was also one of the first governments to sign up to the…
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Workshop: Collaborating to progress Open Government in Scotland

15th August 2017
We are holding a joint workshop between the Scottish Government and Open Government Network on 31st August 2017, from 13:00 – 16:00 Facilitated by The Democratic Society, the session will focus on how the partnership can work together in the delivery of open government commitments and, on ensuring that Scotland meets the five commitments in…
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Open Government Partnership: Reflections on our time in Washington

11th August 2017
By Emma Harvey (Scottish Government) and Paul Bradley (Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations)   Last year, Scotland was accepted to be part of the Pioneer Tier of the Open Government Partnership, a pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017. This handed Scotland a unique opportunity to show…
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In the hot seat: Tom Youll of Shelter Scotland talks through building and inspiring digital communities

28th July 2017
Having returned from the Open Government Partnership in Washington – where CSOs and governments were promoting their use of tech to progress open government commitments – Shelter Scotland’s recent one day event aimed at bringing charities and the tech community together felt particularly relevant to the OpenGov Network. Tom Youll, one of the event hosts,…
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Lifting the curtain on open government – my first few months in post

24th July 2017
This post talks about some of the things I’ve been working on over the last five months, my initial thoughts about the network and forum in Scotland and invites you to support me in building this community of open government champions across Scotland.
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Open Government, Closed Doors? What does Community Empowerment mean for disabled people?

6th June 2017
The Scottish Government is committed to our communities being supported to do things for themselves and to people having their voices heard in the planning and delivery of services. But what does this mean for disabled people? Will we have a real say in decisions that affect us, or will we just be left further…
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Open Government Scotland Network Meeting

6th June 2017
As we approach the half-way point in the delivery of Scotland’s first National Action Plan, and with governance of Scotland’s Civil Society Open Government Network developing in the background, we are keen for the Network to meet more regularly between now and December. Our next meeting will take place in Glasgow on Friday 23rd June…
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Webinar – The Sustainable Development Goals in the UK: priorities, processes, participation

1st June 2017
This webinar is the second in a series from the UK-wide Open Government Pioneers Project. For those who missed it, our first webinar is available here. Graham Long will discuss the UK implementation process for the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the role of citizen participation. See Graham’s co-authored report on the 2030 Agenda here.…
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