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NI Open Government Network Blog – Crowdsourcing Commitment Ideas for the New Open Government Action Plan

26th February 2018 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Colm Burns There are many perceptions of our Executive and Assembly; one of them probably isn’t that they are transparent or accountable. Yet in 2016 our Executive signed up to four commitments to help them become more open: Commitment 1: Develop & trial effective open policy-making and public engagement methods Commitment 2: Promote…

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Letter to Minister Dowden on progress with implementing the UK’s 2016-28 Action Plan commitments

26th February 2018 – News, United Kingdom

A letter was sent to Minister Oliver Dowden on 15th February to congratulate the government’s progress with implementing Commitment 6 of the 2016-18 National Action Plan on collecting and publishing more granular data on grantmaking in line with the 360Giving Standard. The data published includes information on grants totalling £4 billion, and has been released…

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Know your network: Janine Rennie

23rd February 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

  Job title: Chief Executive Org: Wellbeing Scotland Location: Falkirk Network Member since: June 2017 Contact me at: janine@wellbeingscotland.org  How would you describe your job to a child? Being in charge of quite a big charity with lots of different jobs and looking after people who have been harmed. What does the concept of open government…

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Know your network: Bruce Ryan

23rd February 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

Job title: Associate Researcher; webmaster and minutes secretary for 3 Edinburgh community councils Org: Edinburgh Napier University Location: Edinburgh Network Member since: I forget! Contact me at: b.ryan@napier.ac.uk How would you describe your job to a child? I try to understand how people use computers to work together to make local things happen. When they…

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Work begins on the first comprehensive assessment of the UK’s performance against the UN Sustainable Development Goals

21st February 2018 – News, United Kingdom

Work has begun to drive action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the UK. The project by th UKSSD network will look at each of the 17 Goals and 169 targets and analyse the UK’s domestic performance. It will outline the opportunity the Goals offer and the type of actions needed if they are…

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Crowdsourcing Commitments for the NI Open Government Action Plan

16th February 2018 – News, Northern Ireland

Written by David McBurney The NI Open Government Network is collecting ideas to improve transparency, participation and accountability. We are looking for proposals that the Northern Ireland Executive should commit to in its 2018-2020 Open Government Action Plan. We would like to hear from citizens, community groups, civil society organisations, and anyone interested in greater transparency,…

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Online Identity Assurance – What have we been doing? Come see for yourself

14th February 2018 – News, Scotland

February 1, 2018 posted on Scottish Government website by Ross Clark It’s been a busy start to 2018 for the online identity assurance team. Thank you for all your initial feedback on our first blog. We value the input of everyone with an interest in this work. So what’s been happening? As mentioned in our…

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NI Open Government Network Blog – Environmental governance and democracy in Northern Ireland

14th February 2018 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Jonathan Bell UN Sustainable Development Goal 16, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions aims to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels. This Goal implies a link between strong and accountable Institutions and the realisation of sustainable…

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Know your network: Andreas Pavlou

5th February 2018 – Points of View, Scotland

Job title: Network Lead Org: Involve Location: London Network Member since: October 2017 Contact me at: andreas@involve.org.uk How would you describe your job to a child? I help bring together people who want to change the UK to make it more open and fair. What does the concept of open government mean to you? Open government to…

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OGN Submission: Consultation on Revised FOI Code of Practice

2nd February 2018 – News, United Kingdom

This response was submitted on 2nd February 2018 by the UK Open Government Network to the government’s consultation on the revised FOI Code of Practice (the set of guidelines for civil servants for dealing with FOI requests). Some of the main points that we made included: – The Code of Practice should be fully aligned…

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