The UK is developing its fourth national action plan on open government.
This is part of the UK’s promise as a member of the Open Government Partnership, to work with citizens and civil society to implement open government reforms. Since 2011, the UK has developed and implemented commitments that form part of a 2-year national action plan. This year sees the UK begin to develop and launch its 2018-2020 open government national action plan – the fourth one!
The UK Open Government Network is travelling up and down the country to collect ideas and proposals for reforms the UK Government should commit to on transparency, citizen participation and accountability.
You do not need to be an expert on open government – we are looking for interested and empassioned citizens, community groups and civil society organisations who want to have a say and offer their ideas on how government at a local, regional and national level could be done better and in a more open way.
This year we are also looking for ideas that bring open government solutions to problems faced by national, devolved, and in particular, local government. We are also keen for ideas and proposals to tackle issues that are represented in the Sustainable Development Goals, and that bring in organisations which do not normally work on open government.
The OGN published its Open Government Civil Society Manifesto 2018 on 1 June 2018, which brought together all the ideas and proposals for open government under four overarching themes: https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/resource/uk-ogn-manifesto-2018/
|April to May||Co-creation process around proposed commitments
The Steering Committee of the Open Government Network will bring its key proposals into discussions with government officials to develop an action plan on open government in the UK. Whilst some demands may already match government ideas about what to put into the action plan, others will need further discussion. Some may not make it into the plan. Where possible, discussions may include specific civil society organisations and government departments who would lead certain commitments.
The OGN and Government will hold two Multistakeholder Forum meetings over the course of the development of the action plan. The first meeting was held on 9 May 2018. You can read more about what was discussed, here: https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/2018/05/11/how-government-and-civil-society-is-collaborating-to-drive-openness-gila-sacks/
The second Multistakeholder Forum was held on 11 June 2018. You can read more about what was discussed, here: https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/2018/06/19/the-uk-needs-ambitious-open-government-commitments-for-challenging-times-tim-hughes/
|End of June||Public Consultation
By the end of the co-creation process, the draft action plan text will be presented to the public for consultation. The comments from the consultation will be reviewed and will inform the development of the commitments in the action plan.
| 17-19 July 2018
||Launch of the action plan at OGP Global Summit in Georgia
The final action plan will be publically launched at the OGP Global Summit in Georgia. The final text will be available online and then the fun starts – implementation!
| End of July / August 2018
||Commitments agreed between civil society and government, and signed off
By the end of this process, the final text will be agreed upon between the Open Government Network and government officials.
This table will be periodically updated when there is more information. It was last updated on 29 June 2018. Got a question about the process? Get in contact.
The UK has set up its first MultiStakeholder Forum (MSF) which will meet at least twice during the development of the Action Plan. After that it will be redesigned towards monitoring the implementation of the UK 2018-20 Open Government Action Plan. The terms of reference for the current MSF is available here.
If you are interested in the latest up-to-date information about the process and development of the action plan, you can follow the regular Updates.
Since 2011, the UK has developed 75 commitments on open government reform. Read the previous action plans, below: