Shape the UK’s 2018-20 Open Government Action Plan

What Is Going On?

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 Process: How Your Ideas Become Commitments

Mid-January 2018
Launch of the process online
January to March.
Crowdsourcing of possible commitments (workshops and online)

The Open Government Civil Society Network (OGN) will organise and conduct workshops up and down the country to collect ideas from the public that identify where open government can solve key problem areas – at local and national level. Participants will also explore their proposals on how to solve those problems using open government. Proposals and ideas will be uploaded online where further discussion can also take place.

The networks in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will also hold similar events that will feed into the process, as well as produce their own devolved commitments. Events in Scotland will also channel ideas into its own action plan as part of the OGP Subnational Government Pilot programme.

March-May OGN produces a manifesto of key civil society proposals

After the workshops, the open government network will prioritise what was identified, developing these into a list of civil society proposals on open government. Civil society organisations who endorse and want to work on these issues will be invited to be lead organisations who follow through with the commitment over two years if it enters the final open government national action plan.

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 will be held on 11 June 2018.

End of June Commitments agreed between civil society and government, and signed off

By the end of the co-creation process, the final text will be agreed upon between the Open Government Network and government officials.

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!

This table will be periodically updated when there is more information. It was last updated on 4 June 2018. Got a question about the process? Get in contact.

 

Multistakeholder Forum

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.

The second meeting of the Multistakeholder Forum will be held on 11 June 2018.

 

Following the process

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.

Also, why not follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and join the Open Government Network Forum for latest news and events information as well as discussion, debate and ideas on all things open government!

 

The UK’s Previous Action Plans

Since 2011, the UK has developed 75 commitments on open government reform. Read the previous action plans, below:

2016-2018 UK Open Government National Action Plan
2013-2015 UK Open Government National Action Plan
2011-2013 UK Open Government National Action Plan