Points of View

The effects of increased transparency, participation and accountability in stop and search

19th February 2019

This case study was written by Criminal Justice Alliance as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. Making information more accessible and open to public scrutiny is a crucial driver for increased transparency, participation and accountability. This is especially true for information that relates to issues that concern…


User Voice’s Prison Council model

19th February 2019

This case study was written by User Voice as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. Back in 2008, when User Voice was founded, the idea of a charity led by ex-offenders working within 30 prisons and with probation in two-thirds of the country would have been dismissed…


NI Open Government Network Blog – New Year, New Chance?

14th January 2019

Written by Colm Burns On the 9th January 2017 the Executive and Assembly collapsed. Whilst there are many reasons for the collapse, it doesn’t look like our political representatives will be back any time soon. Before the collapse we had more than a year of deadlock and failed attempts to resolve differences over issues such…


Discussions on developing participation in local government

1st December 2018

Many open government innovations and reforms across the world happen at the local level – a level that is much closer to the citizen and is critical in delivering public services. Recognising this, the OGP Local Program aims at harnessing the innovation and momentum demonstrated by local governments and civil society partners across the world.…


An action plan for a more open UK government

19th September 2018

The full version of this blogpost was originally published on: https://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2018/09/18/an-action-plan-for-a-more-open-uk-government/ Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable. By increasing transparency, enhancing citizen participation or adopting strong accountability mechanisms, reform in favour of open government has led to change…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Untapped Potential

12th September 2018

Written by Colm Burns Having ‘no new ideas’ was the damning verdict from the political parties at Stormont after the latest round of talks with the Secretary of State. Following the meetings, Karen Bradley said she was “determined to deliver” devolved government. “Last week I set out the Government’s clear plan to bring that about…


Making Summits Meaningful: An update following the OGP Summit in Tbilisi

29th August 2018

This article was writted by Transparency International UK At Transparency International UK, we focus on impact; leaders shouldn’t be flown around the world for photo ops or to announce initiatives and reforms they have no intention of enacting. This is why I took to stage at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in July to…


A View from Tbilisi: Youth Participation and Engagement in Open Government

23rd August 2018

This blogpost was written by Maria Stephens, Participation Manager at Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and UK OGN Steering Committee member. In July I joined the UK delegation to the OGP summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. My work is focused on youth participation and children’s rights and I was encouraged by the OGP Civil Society…


NI Open Government Network Blog – Open government and transparency are positives to be embraced not inconvenient requirements

22nd August 2018

Written by Peter Osborne Open government and transparency is not just a nifty phrase and something to be said because government is required to do it. Transparency is important; and it is valuable and empowering. Unfortunately recent events have meant there has been little debate about the reasons why government should welcome transparency. Instead the…