Pushing for Results Using the Open Government Partnership

Last week, the World Justice Project published the Open Government Index, an examination and ranking of governments’ openness. Notably, the index used public surveys to and “in-country expert questionnaires” to score countries. It’s an interesting approach. After all, the theoretical strength of the Freedom of Information Act matters little if the public does not find it to be an effective, useful tool. On the Open Government Partnership blog, WJP’s Alejandro Ponce uses the Index data to illustrate that “OGP participation indeed linked to more transparent, participatory, and accountable government in practice.”

In practice in the US, the administration’s National Action Plans have had mixed, but slowly-increasing success. The President’s promise of a more open government is popularly (and sometimes, rightly) used as a punching bag. But the National Action Plans themselves are useful platforms for openness reforms. At OpenTheGovernment.org, we’ve observed in our evaluations that with the right mix of civil society and government collaboration, OGP commitments can have meaningful results.

With that in mind, we hope you will join our effort to make the most of the OGP’s promise and contribute to a Model Civil Society Action Plan. The previous Model Plan put tougher open government issues on the table, and many of the priorities reflected in the civil society plan were reflected in the administration’s. Together we can push administration to go further. Learn more about contributing at sites.google.com/site/draftingNAP3.

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