Open Government Partnership
Financial Transparency – Scottish National Investment Bank
10th January 2020 by Madeleine Fleming
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...
Transparency in the midst of fog: The Scottish Government’s open government commitment on Brexit
16th December 2019 by Madeleine Fleming
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...
Action Plan Progress Report
21st October 2019 by Madeleine Fleming
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...
Understanding Scotland’s public finances – the young people’s perspective
3rd October 2019 by Madeleine Fleming
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...
Understanding Scotland’s public finances with Young Scot
1st October 2019 by Madeleine Fleming
Nastassja Beaton, from the Public Spending Team in the Scottish Exchequer, blogs on the research the Scottish Government commissioned from Young Scot on young people’s understanding of Scotland’s public finances. What does public finance mean to young people in Scotland? How can we improve the way we share information about Scotland’s public finances? How do...
Guest blog: Protecting and promoting information rights: a fine balance
12th July 2019 by Niamh Webster
Why 2018 was the year of awakening, why the Cambridge Analytica story really matters and why we should care that Google controls our history: a guest blog from Suzanne Legault, LLB, BCL, Former Information Commissioner of Canada (2009-2018). We heard Suzanne speaking and thought she posed significant questions and challenges to the open government community,...
Roundtable on open data and data literacy
19th June 2019 by Niamh Webster
A short update from the team leading on open data in the open government action plan. They recently held a Roundtable meeting on Open Data and Data Literacy. See the notes from the meeting attached below. The Scottish Government chaired a roundtable meeting on Improving Open Data and Data Literacy in Edinburgh, 26 April 2019...
Participation from all angles #ArchiFringe event
18th June 2019 by Niamh Webster
Our first ever Architecture Fringe event, ‘Participation From All Angles’ was a conversation about how people are involved meaningfully in shaping the world around them – be it policy, buildings or spaces. As you might imagine, bringing together people who work in all different sectors and on all sorts of different things, the conversation can...
Lessons learned from co-creation of Action Plan
10th June 2019 by Niamh Webster
It’s always important to reflect on your work, to step back and see what the successes and failures might have been. Thanks to our external independant facilitators, we are pleased to launch a short report evaluating the co-creation process of our action plan, produced with thanks, by SCDC (the Scottish Community Development Centre). In developing...
10 things we learned in Canada – Global Summit of Open Government Partnership
6th June 2019 by Niamh Webster
The open government team have spent this week in Ottawa, Canada at the global summit on open government. It would be impossible to summarise everything from our conversations with hundreds of people from across the globe and workshops led by reformers in government and civil society activists. So instead we’ve picked out top 10...