Niamh Webster

Niamh Webster

Written 16 posts

Open government and participation at the Scottish Government

Chatting open government with Obama

15th April 2019

Our Niamh Webster from the Open Government Team shares her experience from her nomination to attend the Obama town hall Europe in Berlin – and meeting Barack Obama. Watch the event recording here  I’ve just spent a sunny weekend in Berlin being star struck and making new friends across the continent at the Obama town…

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About us – The Open Government Team

4th April 2019

What does the Open Government Team at the Scottish Government do? We are responsible for delivering the Scottish Government’s programme of reforms on open government, in line with the ambition to become more open and accessible. We work to fulfil our commitments as part of Scotland’s membership of the Open Government Partnership. OGP is an…

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If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it matter?

4th April 2019

In achiveing global goals, does measuring progress towards them, and being explict about them, really matter? Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government at Scottish Government tell us about her time in Tunisia last week exploring progress in open government progress in achieving Sustainable Development Goals 16.   I have just spent three days in the…

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The first citizens’ jury held on healthcare in Scotland: a guest blog

22nd February 2019

A guest blog written by Erica Reid, Chair of the Oversight Panel of Our Voice Citizens’ Jury. She shares their experience of trying a new approach to involving people in decision-making. This include her personal reflections on attending a meeting where the primary purpose was to hear the public presenting their views to healthcare professionals…

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Open Government Action Plan – Official publication documents

30th January 2019

We are delighted to be publishing Scotland’s second Open Government Action Plan on 31st January 2019, with the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell and the Open Government Network. Available now Read the new Action Plan summary This is a shorter summary in Plain English for improved accessibility. This gives you…

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Come to the Official Launch of the Open Government Action Plan – 31st Jan, Edinburgh

7th January 2019

Happy New Year everyone. We are delighted to kick off the new year with the official launch event of the Open Government Action Plan on Thursday 31st Jan 2019, in Edinburgh. You’re invited! The Action Plan will be launched by the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell and the civil society…

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Thanks for sharing your views – response to public comments

7th December 2018

Thanks for sending us your views on the draft Action Plan Thanks to everyone who engaged with the draft Action Plan and sent comments. These have helped us improve the commitments, provide more clarity and, in places, helped make them more far-reaching or ambitious. We have incorporated those we could immediately, but where this was…

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Action Plan on Open Government complete – launch coming soon!

5th December 2018

Official submission of the Action Plan to the international Open Government Partnership today. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has been involved. Today we are pleased to be publishing Scotland’s Second Action Plan on Open Government. We have submitted it to the international Open Government Partnership, as is required for all members. Our Action…

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Draft Action Plan on Open Government – we want to hear your views

14th November 2018

Scotland’s Second National Action Plan on Open Government  2018-2020 [DRAFT] as a member of the Open Government Partnership Today we are sharing a draft of Scotland’s Second Action Plan on Open Government to hear people’s views on it before it is published. The Action Plan includes 5 proposed commitments on improvements to openness, transparency, involving…

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Coming soon! Action plan on open government

8th November 2018

Finalising the Open Government Action Plan – what’s been happening? Since our last post in mid-October, we’ve been busily trying to finalise the Action Plan. We’re pleased to say we’re getting there, and we’re on track to publish it by the end of the month. The Action Plan includes some ambitious commitments which have the…

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