United Kingdom

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…


[Press Release] Brexit delays: Government challenged by civil society groups after ministers miss deadline to outline transparency commitments

12th February 2019

Press release under embargo until 00:01 Tuesday 12th February 2019 The letter is available here (pdf). Andreas Pavlou is available for comment on 07943669435 or 020 3745 4334   Leading civil society organisations working in open government (1) have written to the UK government outlining their ‘deep concern’, after ministers missed the deadline for publishing…


Results from the 2019 OGN Steering Committee Election

6th February 2019

The results are in! We received 27 completed ballot papers. Following the count, the results of the 2019 election for Steering Committee members is as follows (in order of points): MICHELLE BROOK – 187pts (reselected) GAVIN FREEGUARD – 165pts (reselected) ELIZABETH CHAMBERLAIN – 158pts RUCHIR SHAH – 126pts KEVIN KEITH – 114pts ALEXANDER ROBERTS –…


VOTE! UK OGN Steering Committee Election 2019

21st January 2019

There are eight candidates applying to join the UK OGN Steering Committee. How to vote: See the OGN Forum Deadline for votes: Monday 4th February 2019 VOTING The vote is open via the UK Open Government Network forum. We now move to the voting period that will last for two weeks, from today until the…


UK OGN Steering Committee Election 2019

11th December 2018

Are you an advocate for open government? Do you want to be on the Steering Committee of the Open Government Civil Society Network? Do you think you have what it takes to help drive open government in the UK? Apply now! Deadline for applications: Monday 14 January 2019 Guidelines: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KGu8DgVjruScpaXMb8iqUeAaqcVP5UVMXNfu9rHW45M/edit?usp=sharing Application form: https://goo.gl/forms/3DkpfRlnKmhlANuY2 In January…


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.…


UK OGN Welcomes Government Commitment to Open Justice

30th November 2018

This week, the Government committed to working with the Open Government Network and civil society groups to develop their approach to open justice, “with the goal of co-creating a full commitment for the 2020-2022 National Action Plan.” The Government reiterated its commitment to open justice in reforming courts and tribunals, and to consulting stakeholders as…


Reflections from the first TICTeC Local

9th November 2018

TICTeC has gone local. This week in Manchester, the most important global conference for the understanding of civic technology brought together representatives from civic tech, local authorities and social impact organisations to discuss big, transformative ideas that focus on where and how civic tech connects with and impacts local government. The first TICTeC Local showcased…


Accountability in Modern Government: From recommendation to commitment?

29th October 2018

*NEW* @instituteforgov report on #accountability in government is finally out! We make seven recommendations to improve #accountability in government https://t.co/Na6yQ7jTJS pic.twitter.com/oswBN2aD9G — Benoit Guerin (@ben_guerin) October 15, 2018   Accountability is an essential pillar of open and democratic government. At its core, it enables the public to hold the government to account for policy and…


UK Open Government Multistakeholder Forum | 22 October 2018 | Meeting Notes

29th October 2018

Attendees Co-chair: Tim Hughes, Involve Andreas Pavlou, OGN Maria Stephens, CRAE Gavin Freeguard, IfG Michael Birtwistle, NCVO Jess Blair, ERS Wales Lucy McTernan, OGN Scotland Rose Zussman, TI UK Co-chair: Yasmin Brooks, DCMS Sue Bateman, DCMS Joel Catchatoor, Cabinet Office Thom Townsend, DCMS Wasim Akhtar, Cabinet Office Alex Blandford, DCMS Vasant Chari, Cabinet Office Ellie…