Open Government Partnership
Introducing Action Plan 3
March 24, 2021 by Madeleine Fleming 2 Comments | Category Uncategorized
A lot has changed since our last blog post! Back then, we were writing to let you know that due to Covid, we were delaying the delivery of our 2nd action plan, and co-creation of our 3rd. We were optimistic that by delaying the co-creation process, we’d be able to carry out in-person workshops safely in the first half of 2021.
It’s now clear that this will not be possible – however we’re optimistic that we’ll still be able to collaborate in a really productive way online. Our steering group have now started designing the co-creation process, which will deliver a new set of commitments, produced in partnership between Scottish Government, COSLA and Civil Society. We’ll be running engagement exercises with the public as well, to make sure our plan really reflects what’s important to the people of Scotland.
We’ll be posting updates about the co-creation process here and on Twitter, but we’d recommend you join the Open Government Network Forum to ensure you’re the first to hear about any opportunities to get involved.
In the meantime, we’re pleased to say that progress reports on all of our commitments have now been published on our website! This allows you to see how the delivery of our second Action Plan has progressed over the last year.
I became aware of this when I read an article in the Herald newspaper that Glasgow City Council had registered to participate in the Open Government Action Plan. I tried to find out if my own council, East Renfrewshire Council, also participated. I could find no information. Is each local authority in Scotland expected to participate in the Open Government Action Plan? Or can a council ignore the movement and not be involved?
Hi Dr Maxwell
The Open Government Partnership is an international organisation, which governing authorities can choose to join. As members, they then produce action plans which progress the Open Government Values of Openness, Transparency and Participation.
The UK was a founder member of the partnership, and the Scottish Government joined as part of the first cohort of sub-national governments in 2017. Glasgow City Council has recently joined as one of the 2nd wave of subnational governments to be admitted.
We work with COSLA, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, on the development and delivery of Scotland’s National action plans, but haven’t worked directly with individual councils.
I hope this answers your question!