Points of View

NI Open Government Network Blog – Where is my Good Friday Agreement?

26th February 2019

Written By Colm Burns I voted for the Good Friday Agreement (GFA) in May 1998 because I felt it was the right thing to do. I was 20 and not politically active, and hadn’t actually read the Agreement but I did grow up in North Belfast beside Girdwood Army Barracks. I remember the bombs and…






Open Government and Women’s Rights – A Podcast by Women’s Budget Group

19th February 2019

This case study was written by Women’s Budget Group as part of the Open Government Pioneers Project. Check out the other case studies here. In Women’s Budget Group’s (WBG) first podcast, they look at how open government can help to promote advance and defend women’s rights. In this podcast, WBG discusses Freedom of Information (a…



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…