UK Open Gov

The UK Open Government Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government work better for people through increased transparency, participation and accountability. The OGN mobilises and coordinates civil society to effectively advocate for open government reforms, and works with government to identify, develop and implements the UK’s commitments under the global Open Government Partnership.


Light and Shadows: The RHI Scandal and the Temptations of Secrecy

27th February 2020
This article was originally published in The Political Quarterly on 20 January 2020. Marilyn Stathern, in her famous article on the ‘Tyranny of transparency’, asked: ‘what does visibility conceal’?  While openness can shed light on some areas, it can also create shadows and shade to hide in. One of the biggest fears for transparency campaigners…
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Open Government in the 2019 General Election

1st December 2019
There are many issues dominating the campaign for the 2019 General Election. We have collected a few different resources and put them together to help give you, the voter, information about party policies on these issues: Manifesto Tracker (IfG): https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/manifesto-tracker Find out where to vote and candidates in your area: https://democracyclub.org.uk/   If you have…
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OGP Webinar on Opening Justice

27th November 2019
Join OGP on Friday, December 6th for a webinar on opening justice! Justice is an emerging area in open government. Thanks to increased global activity around access to justice, there is growing interest by many governments and civil society organizations to better link justice with open government, and to use the OGP platform as a…
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Open Gov Week 2020

21st November 2019
The Open Government Partnership has announced that Open Gov Week 2020 will take place on May 3-10. Open Gov Week is a global call to action intended to promote democracy, foster inclusion and improve governance.  The week brings together changemakers, thinkers, and doers from in and out of government to listen to each other’s ideas,…
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Why we need a national commitment to open justice data

10th October 2019
This blogpost was written by Dr Judith Townend. Dr Judith Townend is a senior lecturer in media and information law at the University of Sussex. She was commissioned by Spotlight on Corruption to prepare a proposal to guide the Open Government commitment to open justice. You can download the report here: Docx | pdf Justice…
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Who is watching Parliament?

8th October 2019
Blogpost originally published here on 4th September 2019, authored by Ben Worthy. How well can we monitor what is happening at Westminster? What happens when we do? This project looks at how new data sources and web platforms have made it easier to monitor Parliament and its members. At the touch of a button, we…
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TICTeC Local 2019

4th October 2019
A mySociety event. Register here Exploring the Civic Tech that transforms local communities TICTeC Local is the annual conference from mySociety that focuses directly on the use of Civic Tech in local communities. What are the digital innovations that are helping local communities and local government to foster citizen engagement, drive efficiency, and combat social…
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Using data to drive improvements in race equality in the public sector

25th September 2019
This blogpost was written by Professor Karim Murji (University of West London) and Asif Afridi (BRAP) Earlier this year, a blogpost made the case for high quality data on ethnicity to understand and address inequalities in the public sector.  While we are sympathetic to that call, our research suggests that data quality in itself is…
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How much does the UK government give in grants?

19th September 2019
Originally published on 9 September 2019 on the 360Giving website, written by David Kane. Grants from government are a crucial part of the voluntary sector’s funding mix – but surprisingly, it’s very difficult to find out how much these grants are worth or where they go. NCVO’s latest UK Civil Society Almanac has a figure…
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Data Bites #4: Getting things done with data in government

1st July 2019
Wednesday 3 July 2019, 18:00 – 19:15 An event organised by the Institute for Government: https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/data-bites-4-getting-things-done-data-government Better use of data is key to more effective government. Across government, teams are doing fascinating work with data. But those projects don’t get the attention they deserve. At this event, the fourth in our series, four organisations will…
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