The Northern Ireland Open Government Network is an alliance of individual citizens and representatives of voluntary/community organisations with the following vision:
“To contribute to delivering more open, transparent and accountable government that empowers citizens to shape decisions that impact on their lives.”
The purpose of the network is to actively engage a broad and diverse group of citizens and organisations in advocating for more open government in Northern Ireland. In association with the global Open Government Partnership initiative, the Network aims to contribute to broadening participation in government; increasing transparency and the availability of, and access to, data; enhancing accountability; improving policy making; delivering better service provision and increasing confidence in government. The Network aims to work in genuine collaboration with the Northern Ireland Executive and government Departments.
In May 2014, Building Change Trust began exploring the viability of establishing an Open Government Network in Northern Ireland. Following a piece of exploratory research and a series of events the Northern Ireland Open Government Network was established in November 2014. Members then engaged in a facilitated action–planning process and elected a temporary steering committee to serve until the end of the year. The Building Change Trust committed to fund the network’s activity for an initial 24 month period starting from July 2015. Additionally the Northern Ireland Environment Link was appointed to act as Secretariat for the NIOGN during this period, following an open tender process.
Those interested in becoming a member of the network should sign up to the UK Open Government Forum, and to the specific Northern Ireland mailing list. This blog provides regular progress updates, news and notes of meetings, and points of view from members of the Open Government Network, as well as relevant links and events. To sign up, please click here.
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