UK Open Gov

The UK Open Government Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability. The OGN mobilises and coordinates civil society to effectively advocate for open government reforms, and works with government to identify, develop and implements the UK’s commitments under the global Open Government Partnership.


2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 1 Feb 2017 | Meeting note

15th February 2017
On 1 February 2017, members of the OGN’s steering committee and government commitment leads met to review the implementation of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan and the UK OGP process. This note of the meeting was produced by the Cabinet Office. In addition: Progress updates on commitments can be found at: http://www.opengovernment.org.uk/resource/2016-18-open-government-action-plan-february-2017-commitment-progress-updates/  Links to engagement…
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Existing published information on NAP3 commitments engagement activities | January 2017

13th February 2017
The table below, produced and updated by the UK Government, keeps track of all statements, policy papers, news stories, events and consultations related to each of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan commitments.
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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan: February 2017 Commitment Progress Updates

13th February 2017
Update of progress on 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan commitments prepared by the UK Government. Please note, due to the publication of updates in December 2016, we have only changed the language here if significant changes or progress have been made. Commitment 1: Beneficial ownership – The Government remains committed to delivering this policy and…
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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…
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Assessment of UK’s 2013-15 Open Government Action Plan published for public comment

6th January 2017
The Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) – which is charged with tracking the progress of countries on OGP – has just published its latest report for the UK for public consultation. This progress report, prepared by Ben Worthy from Birkbeck University, assesses the implementation of the commitments in the UK’s second open government action plan,…
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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…
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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…
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Scotland Pioneer Action Plan signed in Paris

19th December 2016
Scotland was selected earlier this as a pioneer within the Open Government Partnership’s Subnational Programme. This means Scottish Government signed and submitted (to the Paris #OGP16 conference) an action plan for open government delivering commitments in Scotland. This is a pioneering plan, headlined by five top level strategic commitments. It is available from the OGP…
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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan: December 2016 Commitment Progress Updates

19th December 2016
Update of progress on 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan commitments prepared by the UK Government. Originally published on the Open Government Partnership website. A Word [.docx] version of this update is available here. Commitment 1: Beneficial ownership Commitment We will establish a public register of company beneficial ownership information for foreign companies who already own or…
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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…
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