The UK Open Government Civil Society Network (OGN) is a coalition of active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making government and other powerful institutions work better for people through enhanced transparency, participation and accountability.
The OGN was formed in 2012 by members of UK civil society in response to the UK Government becoming a founding member of the Open Government Partnership – a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
The OGN collaborates with and challenges governments in the UK to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms through the UK’s membership of the Open Government Partnership, and coordinates civil society advocacy on open government issues. It has partnered with the government to develop the UK’s 2013-15 and 2016-18 Open Government Action Plans.
The network currently has hundreds of members and has up to an 11-member steering group:
The OGN is coordinated independently of government by Involve – a think tank and charity specialising in public participation. Involve was selected by members of the OGN to become the coordinator in September 2012.
The best way to get involved in the Open Government Network is through joining the Open Government Forum. The forum hosts mailing lists for the UK Open Government Network and devolved networks.
UK Open Government Network Coordinator
18 Victoria Park Square
Phone: +44 (0)203 745 4334
The UK Open Government Network formalised its terms of reference in September 2015. These set out details and requirements of the OGN’s: