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Open Government Network calls on all political parties to commit to open government

8th May 2017 – News, United Kingdom

The Open Government Network (OGN) has written to political parties ahead of next month’s General Election to call on them to make commitments to open government, particularly regarding the Brexit process. The letter is signed on the behalf of the OGN by its steering committee, and can be read in full below. Your party’s commitment…

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Assembly Plus is what is needed going forward

8th May 2017 – Northern Ireland, Points of View

Written by Peter Osborne The outcome of a consensual ballot on what form of democracy people wanted for Northern Ireland was a clear win for deliberative democracy – or an Assembly Plus. That was at Democracy Day in April as part of the Imagine Festival when the 100 or so participants were asked to cast…

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OGN meeting with Chris Skidmore, Minister for the Constitution | 5th April 2017

20th April 2017 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

  Present: Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution Thom Townsend, Government Digital Service Will Gerry, Government Digital Service Tim Davies, Practical Participation Michelle Brook, The Democratic Society Rachel Davies Teka, Transparency International UK Gavin Freeguard, The Institute for Government Andrew Parsons, Public Concern at Work Tim Hughes, Involve Matt Harriott, Involve   Introductions: The…

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OGN Steering Committee Strategy Session | 15 March 2017 | Meeting note

19th April 2017 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

Location: Central Working, 231-233 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 4EN Date: 15 March 2017 Introduction On 15th March members of the UK Open Government Network (OGN) steering committee met to discuss the next phase for the OGN. This note outlines the key outcomes and actions from the discussion. OGN members are invited to review the note and…

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Launch of Open Government Network Wales at gofod3

17th March 2017 – Meeting notes, News, Wales

Launching the Open Government Network Wales Jetske Germing, Open Government Wales Officer at WCVA, was at the launch of the exciting new Open Government Pioneers project in Wales last week and here she tells us all about it. Only a short while into the project we feel grateful to have had a high profile opportunity…

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Blog by Paul Bradley: It’s about time people were involved in government budget setting

28th February 2017 – Points of View, Scotland

Written by Paul Bradley, SCVO. Last week, the Scottish Budget was passed by Parliament. Last-ditch deals were made to secure support for the bill and compromises prevented gridlock. Many conversations between political parties were taking place over how Scotland’s money should be spent, but the most important conversation was the one we were not having:…

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2016-18 Open Government Action Plan implementation meeting | 1 Feb 2017 | Meeting note

15th February 2017 – Meeting notes, News, United Kingdom

On 1 February 2017, members of the OGN’s steering committee and government commitment leads met to review the implementation of the 2016-18 Open Government Action Plan and the UK OGP process. This note of the meeting was produced by the Cabinet Office. In addition: Progress updates on commitments can be found at:  Links to engagement…

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ElectionsNI: Assembly Elections #AE17 – We’re back!

15th February 2017 – News, Northern Ireland

(via ODI Belfast) Well, it doesn’t seem all that long since we were frantically crowdsourcing live elections data for our ElectionsNI project. In fact, it’s only been ten months, but we’re back to another round of elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly. This time round it’ll be every bit as interesting, perhaps more so as people…

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Data and government openness: where next?

6th February 2017 – Points of View, United Kingdom

Last week, the Institute for Government published our Whitehall Monitor 2017 annual report, which uses open data to chart the size, shape and performance of government in the UK, including on transparency. In short, we couldn’t compile such a report without government openness, but there are some worrying signs for the future. Our report wouldn’t…

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Assessment of UK’s 2013-15 Open Government Action Plan published for public comment

6th January 2017 – News, United Kingdom

The Open Government Partnership’s (OGP) Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) – which is charged with tracking the progress of countries on OGP – has just published its latest report for the UK for public consultation. This progress report, prepared by Ben Worthy from Birkbeck University, assesses the implementation of the commitments in the UK’s second open government action plan,…

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