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.


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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The Action Plan has been published – what’s next?

20th June 2019
From 28-30 May, Canadian civil society and the Canadian Government hosted the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Ottawa. This year’s Summit had a particular focus on participation, inclusion and impact. Over 2,000 delegates, over 100 sessions, and 130 countries (including all the UK nations) came together to learn and share their knowledge, experiences and…
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UK Open Government National Action Plan: A Gendered Analysis

19th June 2019
by Women’s Budget Group NOTE: This analysis by Women’s Budget Group was requested in early 2019 before the National Action Plan 2019-21 had been published. A number of commitments have had slight changes since this analysis was done, although these do not affect the overall assessment. Two commitments were not finalised when passed onto WBG…
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Finding the Missing Million$ – UK extractives data workshop

31st May 2019
Please forward to civil society colleagues, investigative journalists and other like-minded people who may be interested. Save the date & RSVP here! SAVE THE DATE Publish What You Pay UK and Global Witness invite you to a practical interactive workshop for civil society and journalists on using extractive payment and revenue data to promote producer…
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Statement by UK Open Government Network at #OGPCanada

29th May 2019
The UK has been one of the leading participant countries in the Open Government Partnership (OGP) since it was launched in 2011. As first co-chair of the OGP, the UK secured the initiative’s foundations and helped broaden its reach far beyond the original eight founding members to over 50 participating countries. The commitments in previous…
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