Madeleine Fleming

Written 11 posts

21st October 2021

Back in June, we blogged to let you know that we were kicking off the co-creation of our 3rd Open Government Action Plan.   We began this process with an ideas challenge over on the Scottish Government Dialogue Platform. We asked for your opinions and ideas relating to the 5 topics we had identified (alongside…

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Looking back, and moving forward

4th June 2021

Over on our Twitter this week, we’ve been sharing some of the highlights of what we delivered during our 2nd Open Government Action Plan. We’ve covered lots of ground, with successes right across our five action plan commitments. You can read about these in the twitter thread. Looking to the future Our thoughts have now…

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Introducing Action Plan 3

24th March 2021

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…

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Openness, Transparency, and Covid-19

29th May 2020

Covid-19 has had a huge impact on how the Scottish Government is working. The vast majority of Civil Servants are now working from home, and the whole focus of the organisation has shifted. Staff have moved to work on high priority areas, with whole new teams being created almost overnight. Non-critical work has been put…

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Open Contracting and Procurement

5th March 2020

The Working Group for Commitment 1 of the Open Government Programme (OGP) Action Plan, made up of Scottish Government and Civil Society representatives, met again in January.  Colleagues from Scottish Procurement who formed part of the Open Contracting Project team joined us to discuss progress against the Scottish Government Procurement milestone. The Open Contracting project…

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New Year, New Us?

17th January 2020

Although this isn’t our first post of the new year, we didn’t say it last time – so Happy New Year! As is traditional, we’re taking stock of where we are as we move into 2020. As part of this, we’ve created new working group to take a close look at how we share news…

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Financial Transparency – Scottish National Investment Bank

10th January 2020

Scottish Government and civil society representatives came together in December to discuss the Scottish National Investment Bank plans, and the milestones in our open government action plan. We aim to ensure the new institution is genuinely open and establishes transparent and engaging practice from the outset. This will set a new standard and model for…

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Transparency in the midst of fog: The Scottish Government’s open government commitment on Brexit

16th December 2019

Brexit is complex and constantly changing, and understanding what is happening is a big challenge for everyone.  The Institute for Government for example reports that even those civil servants whose jobs relate to Brexit have described it as working through the “fog of the fortnight ahead”.  They felt they could only predict what was going…

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Action Plan Progress Report

21st October 2019

As work continues to advance on our National Action Plan commitments, it’s important that we review our progress and are open about where we are doing well, and where we could do better. As well as that, it’s a requirement of our membership of the Open Government Partnership that we publish a formal self assessment…

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Understanding Scotland’s public finances – the young people’s perspective

3rd October 2019

Kate Cottle, Eva Dallas and Alexandra Paterson from Balfron High School took part in Young Scot and the Scottish Government’s research on young people’s understanding of Scotland’s public finances. They tell us about their experience here. ❝We began by having our first meeting in our school, Balfron High School. This meeting introduced us to the…

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