Open Government Partnership Updates

The Open Government Partnership is an international platform that requires member countries to develop national action plans to make progress on open government initiatives. Government officials must collaborate with civil society organizations (CSO) to develop and implement the plans. OpenTheGovernment.org helps coordinate civil society’s engagement in and evaluation of the implementation of the US National Action Plans.

As with our work on evaluating the Administration’s first US National Action Plan, OTG is forming teams of individuals from civil society organizations interested in: working with the agencies on implementation; providing feedback on the work; and evaluating the implementation of specific commitments. Teams will work together, in coordination with OTG, to put together an evaluation similar to the first CSO evaluation and to publish several check-ins along the way. Our full evaluation schedule is available here.

Please contact apaulson[at]openthegovernment.org if you would like to be a member of a team or have any questions about participating in the civil society evaluation process.

OTG also regularly shares its experiences engaging in the OGP process with other international civil society groups and governments. Executive Director Patrice McDermott spent a week in Jakarta meeting with Indonesian civil society organizations, officials in the Government of Indonesia, and business leaders. Talks centered around sharing ideas for making governments open and accountable to the public, how to broaden public engagement in the Open Government P artnership, and how to measure and evaluate the effectiveness and importance of our governments’ commitments. Indonesia is the current co-chair of the Open Government Partnership.

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