Scot Open Gov


In the hot seat: Matthew Rice talks through his ambitions for Open Rights Group Scotland

21st November 2017
Earlier this month, I caught up with Matthew Rice, Director at Open Rights Group (ORG) Scotland, to find out a little more about the development of ORG in Scotland and to hear his thoughts on our movement for more open government.  Open Rights Group Scotland – tell us more! Open Rights Group are a grassroots campaigning…
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For public comment: UK Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18 Mid-term Self Assessment Report

17th November 2017
The documents below make up the UK’s mid-term self assessment report for its current Open Government National Action Plan 2016-18. This includes the report produced by the Cabinet Office covering the UK Government’s commitments, as well as the commitments from each of the devolved administrations. These documents will be available for public comment for two…
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Coming soon: a different Scotland network – get involved!

14th November 2017
A few months back I blogged some reflections on my first few months in the network. I asked you to influence our work in the following months, and through individual meetings, network workshops and profiles, you have! Whilst a growing membership bodes well for the future of Scotland’s Open Government Network and any future open government action…
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Institutional Transparency Roundtable

6th November 2017
Scotland’s Open Government Network in partnership with CommonSpace would like to invite you to join us at a roundtable on Wednesday 29th November from 10am – 1pm at Hayweight House in Edinburgh, bringing journalists and the Network together on the broad theme of institutional transparency in Scotland. Joining us for the meeting will be representatives from…
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OGP Civil Society Global Leaders Workshop: Reflections on my time in The Hague

2nd November 2017
Last week I attended the Civil Society Global Leaders Workshop in The Hague, a meeting of 21 civil society representatives from across the world. Led by the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and hosted by Hivos, we spent three days interacting with civil society members of the OGP Steering Committee and the Civil Society Engagement team;…
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Invitation to deliver the independent evaluation of the Open Government Pioneers UK project

19th October 2017
The UK Open Government Pioneers Project aims to raise understanding and awareness of the UN Sustainable Development Goals amongst citizens and decision makers and to encourage the use open government approaches to progress the Goals. The project is formally linked to the International Open Government Partnership. We are inviting bidders to deliver the independent evaluation of…
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Commitment 1: Open contracting discussion – opportunity to provide input 

19th October 2017
  Commitment 1: Open contracting discussion – opportunity to provide input Scottish Procurement recently published it’s Open Contracting Strategy as part of their commitments to the Scottish National Action Plan and they are keen to hear what you think. A meeting has been set up to provide a chance for Scottish Procurement to provide more…
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What’s happening with the independent evaluation of Scotland’s OpenGov Action Plan?

17th October 2017
  With the independent evaluation of Scotland’s Open Government Action Plan now underway, I spoke with the independent reporter assigned to Scotland, Andrew McDevitt, to find out what happens next with the assessment process. This includes what’s up for discussion at our next Network meeting on 8th November – you can sign up here to…
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Trust: the tool of all tools to end poverty

17th October 2017
This blog on why trust is needed between government and civil society to make Scotland poverty-free was written for The Poverty Alliance for this year’s Challenge Poverty Week. It becomes clear after flicking through the pages of Poverty in Scotland that the knowledge base exists to tackle poverty. We also know this simply through the everyday…
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The Citizen’s Economic Council

16th October 2017
Members of the Open Government Network are invited to join us for an informal discussion with Reema Patel and Kayshani Gibbon from the RSA to learn about the Citizens Economic Council.  This is an opportunity for a discussion on how this approach resonates with the work under way in Scotland on financial transparency and citizen…
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