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The project is organised into three activity streams:

  • Developing capacity of civil society to influence open government
  • Developing learning on what works in opening up government for civil society activists across the UK, and internationally
  • Developing engagement between civil society and governments, in order to improve effective governance within the UK nations

List of activities[edit | edit source]

This table is a wishlist of activities. Some of these activities are now funded, some are not.

Activities now funded are scheduled in the Home nation timeline for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England/UK and/or the Activity#overall project schedule

Stream Action What will this achieve? How will this progress Sustainable Development Goals? Focus in Scotland Focus in Wales Focus in Northern Ireland Focus in England
Capacity Conferences at devolved nation level - hosting Strengthen the civil society networks operating at devolved nation level Provide greater visibility to the SDGs at UK home nation levels Annual network conference at SCVO's 'Gathering' event held in Feb in Glasgow and domestic publicity Annual network conference at Wales flagship 'gofod3' held in March and domestic publicity Annual network conference in Belfast and domestic publicity Annual network conference in London and publicity
Capacity Conferences at UK level - hosting Share and inspire reflection on how different approaches to open government compare across the nations Provide greater visibility to the SDGs across UK home nations and at UK level Delegation to UK conference and publicity Delegation to UK conference and publicity Hosting UK conference and publicity Delegation to UK conference and publicity
Capacity Conferences at international level - participation and contribution Provide reflection on how different approaches to open government compare between UK home nations and other countries Provide greater awareness and visibility of civil society action to progress the SDGs within the UK home nations to international audiences Focus on civil society activists in the pioneer cohort Networking and contribution to debates Networking and contribution to debates Networking and contribution to debates
Capacity Governance development, meetings and communication Strong, democratic and transparent leadership of the civil society movements in each nation Ensure legitimacy and trust in the ambitions of the SDGs to bring greater civil society partnership (SDG 16) to government activity. Build basic governance of network Build basic governance of network Maintain governance arrangements Maintain governance arrangements
Capacity Administration, development and coordination of network memberships Broaden, strengthen and connect people who want to participate in opening up government Goal 16 specifically aims to build more democratic, open and engaged government institutions Increasing the number and range of people on the Open Government Scotland network Establishing an open government civil society network in Wales (first meeting November 2016 (staff); launch December 2016, another meeting June 2017 plus 2 more meetings in 2017/1

Convene the network through the project period (staff)

Increasing the number and range of people in the UK Open Government Network - specifically expanding to social outcomes focused civil society organisations
Capacity Preparation of up to date online guidance and directory of tools More take up for collaborating between citizens on open government if they can more easily access the tools they need Build digital capacity for civil society networks around Open Government approaches to SDGs Critical analysis of tools and approaches used by Scottish Government to date 1 x practice to policy paper for UK network audiences
Learning International learning webinars Build awareness and capacity of civil society to see their engagement with governments in context by sharing and learning with countries with very different politics and traditions. Build networks and dialogue around individual goals Participation by Scottish network Participation by UK network
Learning Preparation of international 'what works' briefings Capture the best ways of using open government approaches to progress towards SDGs but in a way which can be understood across countries. Contribute to the international evidence bank available to all countries signed up to the SDGs to help shape future action. Contribution from Scottish network and commissioned analyses based on Scottish case studies Contribution from experience and practice of UK network
Learning Fostering learning across international pioneers' civil society partners Make best use of the energy and focus brought to the 15 localities around the world that are part of the OGP Subnational Pioneer programme, to act as a spur for greater international collaboration around open government approaches to the SDGs. Build networks and dialogue around individual goals Focus on civil society activists in the pioneer cohort Support for online forum provided to Pioneer cohort members
Learning Piloting and support of international digital platforms with relevant partners Better understanding and insight into which digital tools and approaches foster the best collaboration across countries on open government approaches to development goals and why. Contribute to the international evidence bank of digital approaches available to all countries signed up to the SDGs to help shape future action. Participation, testing and feedback in practice Use of digital platforms for mobilising, engaging and coordinating UK network
Engagement Coordination and preparation of civil society input to national action plans Ensure action plans at devolved nation level in the UK have meaningful and substantial input from civil society, and are not produced by government in isolation. SDG 17 is about partnership for the goals. This will ensure partnership between governments and civil society, not just between governments. Pioneer level action plan for Scotland Wales contribution to UK action plan NI contribution to UK action plan Coordination of England-specific elements of UK national plan
Engagement Consultation responses to government and parliament on SDG themes Using the SDG themes will provide a framework which facilitates learning from other UK home nations and internationally to enhance contributions from civil society to government policy domestically in each nation. Using the SDG framework will allow civil society to make government progress or shortcomings on domestic policy more visible internationally. SDG 3 on Health and health inequalities

SDG 4 education

SDG 16 opening up government institutions, and SDG 17 partnerships for the goals

Integrate open government into the work that WCVA and Electoral Reform Society are undertaking around the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (which reflect the SDGs). Focus on SDG 16 opening up government institutions, and SDG 17 partnerships for the goals. Focus on SDG 16 opening up government institutions, and SDG 17 partnerships for the goals, and how open government mechanisms can contribute to other SDGs
Engagement Policy seminars and webinars for network High quality focused discussions to develop policy ideas around open government approaches to specific government policy agendas. Better understanding of how the broad and loosely defined SDGs can be best applied to policy at the sub-nation state level. Programme of policy seminars on key Scottish Government public policy interventions that progress or regress SDGs Seminar on open government at WCVA and CVC joint regional events in autumn 2018

Webinar: how open is government in Wales compared to elsewhere in the UK and internationally?

Two webinars per year on themes applicable to full UK network audiences One webinar for England-specific SDG policy for network members
Engagement Policy website - repository for briefings, blogs and analysis Capture the latest thinking, evidence, concerns and successes from civil society in using open government approaches to delivery development goals. Contribute to the international evidence bank available to all countries signed up to the SDGs to help shape future action. Contribution of blogs, articles and analysis from Scottish network based on Scottish experiences Monthly blog posts on Open Government for and from Wales network Monthly blog posts on Open Government for and from NI network Monthly blog posts on Open Government for and from UK network
Engagement Mapping of open government interventions to Sustainable Development Goals at devolved nation levels Serve as a literature review and provide guidance to planning open government initiatives in the UK home nations that help progress SDGs domestically. Better understanding of how open government might accelerate progress towards goals in an inclusive manner SDG 3 on Health and health inequalities

SDG 4 education

SDG 16 opening up government institutions, and SDG 17 partnerships for the goals

Focus on the Third Sector Scheme (including regular meetings between the sector and Cabinet Secretaries of the Welsh Government); the Future Generations Commissioner’s project exploring how to involve the civil society in delivering the Wellbeing Goals Focus on SDG 16 opening up government institutions, and SDG 17 partnerships for the goals. Will also explore application to other SDGs. Working with civil society and government partners to secure open government commitments related to SDGs beyond goal 16
Engagement Crowdsourcing / open policy platform development Test and learn what works in getting the optimal level and quality of input from citizens in shaping their governments progress towards SDGs. Contribute to the international evidence bank of digital approaches available to all countries signed up to the SDGs to help shape future action. Developing new platforms but learning from existing attempts made e.g. conversations on Fairer.Scot and Healthier.scot Participation in and promotion of open policy digital platforms to Wales civil society Participation in and promotion of open policy digital platforms to NI civil society Technical support for project digital platform development
Engagement Web-based government budget information portal More open and accessible data for citizens to inform their participation in public policy planning and greater transparency in government budget allocations. Evidence shows that budget transparency, monitoring, and accountability can contribute significantly to better development outcomes.[1] Building on Scotland Performs, Scottish Government[2]
Engagement Participatory budgeting exercises focused on national government budgets Greater direct citizen participation in government budgets will increase trust and confidence in government programmes, build awareness of trade-offs faced in public policy planning and depoliticise elements of the budget. Evidence shows that budget transparency, monitoring, and accountability can contribute significantly to better development outcomes.[1] Based on Scottish Budget and learning from more local participatory budgeting approaches

Enhanced equalities module activities[edit | edit source]

Stream Action What will this achieve? How will this progress Sustainable Development Goals? Focus in Scotland Focus in Wales Focus in Northern Ireland Focus in England
Capacity Accessible digital platform development enhancements

Two platforms

Enhancements to the three digital platforms planned for this project to make them accessible to people with barriers to involvement in policy making Ensuring a much wider group of citizens have the capacity to engage in civil society-led platforms to bring open government approaches to progressing the SDGs Support work to develop enhancements for digital platforms with platform providers Inform work to develop enhancements for digital platforms with platform providers

Coordinating welsh translation of key Wales project outputs

Inform work to develop enhancements for digital platforms with platform providers Lead work to develop enhancements for digital platforms with platform providers
Learning Outreach events to specific equalities groups

Three events in each nation

Build understanding and engagement on how best to support people with barriers to involvement in policy making to engage with open government approaches to SDGs Contribute to the international evidence bank of ensuring accessibility in  approaches available to all countries signed up to the SDGs to help shape future action. Three citizen engagement events in partnership with equality networks: ethnic minorities, disabilities, young people and poverty Three events in partnership with equality networks:

Coordinating welsh translation of key Wales project outputs

Three events in partnership with equality networks: Three events in partnership with equality networks:
Learning Formal equalities impact assessment (EIA)

One report

Build understanding and engagement on how best to support people with barriers to involvement in policy making to engage with open government approaches to SDGs Contribute to the international evidence bank of ensuring accessibility in  approaches available to all countries signed up to the SDGs to help shape future action. Commissioning of EIA through independent external partner for UK home nations

Contributing and supporting EIA

Contributing and supporting EIA

Coordinating welsh translation of key Wales project outputs

Contributing and supporting EIA Contributing and supporting EIA
Engagement Travel bursaries for financially excluded groups: One UK conference

Webinar interpreters and BSL signers for selected events:

Eight webinars

Open up the core events proactively to groups often excluded by these events to ensure wider participation in the open government civil society  movement to progress SDGs Ensuring a much wider group of citizens can engage in civil society-led platforms to bring open government approaches to progressing the SDGs Coordinating accessibility for two webinars

One with domestic Scotland focus and one with international subnational pioneer programme focus

Coordinating accessibility for one webinar with domestic Wales focus

Coordinating welsh translation of key Wales project outputs

Coordinating travel bursaries for UK conference

Coordinating accessibility for four webinars

One with domestic NI focus. Three with UK-wide focus

Coordinating accessibility for one webinar with domestic England focus
Engagement Easy read and alternative language versions of key documents, promotional material and associated accessibility checks / advice Ensure that project core documents and briefings are accessible to groups often excluded by these documents to ensure wider participation in the open government civil society  movement to progress SDGs Ensuring a much wider group of citizens can engage in civil society-led platforms to bring open government approaches to progressing the SDGs Coordinating accessible documentation for the  OGP action plans and SDG briefings / responses Coordinating accessible documentation for the  OGP action plans and SDG briefings / responses

Coordinating welsh translation of key Wales project outputs

Coordinating accessible documentation for the UK conference outputs

Coordinating accessible documentation for the  OGP action plans and SDG briefings / responses

Coordinating accessible documentation for the  OGP action plans and SDG briefings / responses

Overall project schedule[edit | edit source]

Num Project milestones Start Date Completion Date Operational developments to note
Inception and Setup Sprint 01 November 2016 05 February 2017
0.1 Revisions and resubmissions of original budget and overall plans to address Big Lottery Fund conditions of award Nov Nov
0.2 Preparation and negotiation of grant agreements between SCVO and core partners Nov Nov
0.3 Setup of digital platforms (Sharepoint and UK project forums) and Project Delivery Group for core partner communications and project monitoring Nov Nov
0.4 Preparation, agreement and media release of Press Release for project Nov Dec Agreed shared text and quotes press released to media in each UK Home Nation.
0.5 Finalisation of grant agreement between SCVO and Big Lottery Fund Nov Jan Signed grant agreements turned around by Jan
0.6 Preparation and delivery of Paris OGP 2016 Conference workshop and delegation Nov Dec Full delegation of core partners from each home nation
0.7 Recruitment and delivery of first meeting of Project Board including agreement of terms of conditions Dec Jan Project Board agreed to publish minutes of meetings openly and use Project's Sharepoint platform for communication
0.8 Series of one to one meetings with key stakeholders and potential future funding partners to introduce the project Nov Feb
0.9 Call to UK OGN forums for potential project delivery partners to register their interest openly on the Wiki. As part of this open commissioning approach piloted to secure equality trainer for team away day Jan Feb 51 project partners achieved.

Open commissioning approach brings comments from potential delivery partners to improve equality training brief.

1 Home Nations Engagement Sprint 06 February 2017 29 June 2017
1.1 All team members in place 01 January 2017 31st January 2017 Delayed start from original plan of Jan
1.2 New team members to catch-up with project 06 February 2017 08 March 2017 Team away day in London for project orienteering and equalities training
1.3 National events in each UK home nation (e.g. Gathering in Scotland, Gofod), meet-ups/seminars 20 February 2017 20 April 2017
1.4 Initial engagement with open government plans and SDG plans at home nation level 15 March 2017 29th June 2017
1.5 Develop pioneer project plans/timelines at home nation level 06 March 2017 02 April 2017
1.6 Set-up of digital platforms needed for project in each home nation 22 February 2017 1st June 2017 SDG digital platform development will in the first instance be developed for Scotland (www.globalgoals.scot) which can later be mirrored for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Each of these sites will be distinct but interlinked.
1.7 Equalities events at home nation level 15 April 2017 29 June 2017 Formal feedback from equalities partner organisations from these events will be used to prepare a paper outlining requirements for equality proofing all the Pioneer project's activities, and sharing lessons on how best to secure engagement for people with additional barriers to using opengov approaches towards SDGs.

Scottish Government have offered to help us review the accessibility of the project's various digital platforms. This is now underway. If required, we will also commission a formal accessibility review of the platforms.

2 Digital Platform Sprint June 2017 29 September 2017
2.1 Digital Platform Engagement launch, Scotland 01 June 2017 30 June 2017
2.2 Digital Platform set-up in other home nations 14 June 2017 23 July 2017
2.3 Digital Platform Campaign/Engagement launch, other home nations 22 July 2017 20 August 2017
3 International Engagement Sprint 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4.1 Focus on engagement with Pioneer civil society cohort 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4.2 International webinars with Pioneer civil society cohort 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4.3 Digital platform development and outreach for international learning 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4 Activity sprint on UK-wide learning 01 July 2017 01 February 2018
5.1 National events in each UK home nation (e.g. Gathering in Scotland, Gofod) 29 September 2017 27 November 2017
5.2 UK Conference (Led by Northern Ireland wih input from Scotland) (inc. early planning 01 July 2017 01 February 2018
5.3 Meet-ups/conferences/seminars at home nation level 29 September 2017 01 February 2018
5 Review and appraisal 01 January 2018 14 February 2018
6.1 Preparation of written briefings and reflective seminars, focus on sharing what works 01 January 2018 14 February 2018
6.2 Next steps re Conference outputs (to inform second half of project) 01 February 2018 14 February 2018
6.3 Delivery Team Review Session and planning 01 February 2018 07 February 2018
6.4 Recruitment of independent evaluation partners 01 February 2018 07 February 2018
6 Activity sprint within nations 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
7.1 National events in each UK home nation (e.g. Gathering in Scotland, Gofod) 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
7.2 Engagement with detailed action plans at home nation level 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
7.3 Meet-ups/conferences/seminars at home nation level 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
7 Activity sprint on international learning 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
8.1 International webinars with Pioneer civil society cohort 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
8.2 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
8.3 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
8 Legacy planning 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
9.1 Report from evaluation partners published 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
9.2 Review and reflection on evaluation 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
9.3 Project legacy proposals published 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
9 Activity sprint on UK-wide learning 01 September 2018 30 October 2018
10.1 National events in each UK home nation 01 September 2018 30 October 2018
10.2 Action planning for next stage of project 01 September 2018 30 October 2018
10.3 01 September 2018 30 October 2018
10.4 Meet-ups/conferences/seminars at home nation level 01 September 2018 30 October 2018

Project delivery report[edit | edit source]

Quarter Scotland Northern Ireland Wales England
Nov 2016
  • Operational delivery: Project budget, activities and cash flow projections updated in liaison with core partners to reflect BLF grant offer and requirements (as different to application).
  • Project output: Articles for Scottish Policy Now (Nov 16) on Why Open Government matters in Scotland.
  • Project development: Setup of digital platforms for project communication - Sharepoint, UK OGN forums, Wiki pages updated to reflect project funded status.
  • Operational delivery: Setup of grant agreements between SCVO and BLF UK and between SCVO and core partners.
  • Project development: Discussions with Scotland Malawi Partnership (around globalgoals platform), British Council, Carnegie UK, IDEAS network, Scottish Community Development Centre, Electoral Reform Society, Meetup.com, MySociety, EHRC, NESTA, BLF, Inclusion Scotland, CEMVO, Poverty Truth Commission, YoungScot and Represent to discuss partnerships (including funding partnerships).
  • Project output: Workshop on #dividedsocieties at Paris OGP16 with NIEL, Demsoc and OGP International Steering Group support
  • Project output: Wiki updated with Scotland action plan page linked to SDGs
  • Project output: Presentations to IDEAS AGM, Management Development Network Scotland AGM and Learning for Sustainability Scotland AGM
  • Project output: Meetings x2 with Scottish Government OGP group to tee them up for citizen engagement around SDG themes.
  • Project output: Launch of @opengovscot twitter account and building its social media presence
  • Operational delivery: Initial mock-up of digital platform, Livestream and Meetup.com pro trial accounts established - Testing of Livestreaming from Paris (74 visits by 09/01/2017).
  • Project output: Launch of Meetup.com Opengovernment Pioneers hub and 'chapter' groups set up in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Cardiff
  • Project output: Workshop at Paris OGP16 with SCVO. The NIEL Programme for Government response included a section dedicated to the SDG's
  • Project output: Summary of the SDG’s section in the OECD report summarised and sent to government officials (01.02.17).
  • Operational delivery: Advert included in the Open University International Development e-bulletin
  • Project development: Meeting with Michael McCallion (DAERA) 19.01.17, Jim Kitchen (Sustainable NI) 23.01.17, Peter Ramsey (BITC) 25.01.17, Eileen Chu (Equality Commissioner) and Kerry Melville (BFN) (24.01.17), Frances Morton (OU) 19.01.17/06.03.17,
  • Operational delivery: Contact database created
  • Project development: Scoping meeting with NI Assembly Outreach Team and Grassroots Challenge reps regarding fun democracy day events in May and Sept.
  • Project development: Tele conference with Michael Ewing of Coalition 2030 regarding SDG progress in Ireland
  • Project development: Draft event schedule created and speaker for first webinar confirmed
  • Project development: Agenda for SDGs and Health event drafted
Operational delivery: Budget agreed, Grant agreement with SCVO finalised. Recruitment process initiated.
  • Operational delivery: Budget agreed, Grant agreement with SCVO finalised. Recruitment process initiated.
  • Operational delivery: Set up of CISCO Webex platform for project board and delivery group meetings.
  • Operational delivery: Content of UK Open Government Network website revised to fit with Open Government Pioneers Project. Creation of landing page, about us section, and distinct identities for UK home nations.
  • Operational delivery: Set up of Open Government Pioneers project forums and associated admin arrangements
  • Project development: Wiki content updated to ensure context of Pioneers project, SDGs and Open Government movement, Open Government UK network are all distinct and clear.
Feb 2017
  • Operational delivery: Scotland coordinator Paul Bradley recruited in December and joined in early February
  • Operational delivery: Digital platform rights to use Globalgoals.org resources and support secured. Delivery partnership with Scotland Malawi Project established. Exploring open approach to website - APIs and integration with OGP, UK SSD and Learning for Sustainability resources.
  • Operational delivery: New staff attended various introductory meetings with Scottish Government, project partners and prospective project partners to get a feel for progress to date and next steps.
  • Project output: Wrote initial blogs on why open government matters to the third sector and open budgeting, also shared on international Open Government Partnership site to international peers in OGP. Also SCVO guest blog from Head of Policy, Alzheimer Scotland on opening up local government.
  • Project development: Initial conversation/debrief (on invitation) with the Independent Reporting Mechanism consultant appointed by the OGP to review Scotland National Action Plan.
  • Project output: Attended and contributed to UKSSD SDG conference - good pick up of our contribution and strong interest in Scottish developments.
  • Project output: Organised and held two open government events at the Gathering on 23rd and 24th February. The Gathering 2017 provided an opportunity for people working in the third sector to understand more about open government and how it relates to their work. TFN livestreamed those events we held on open government.
  • Project development: Joined IDEAS working group on their strand of work in schools to stage a series of major events directly geared towards young people and increasing their participation in local and global change (linked to SDGs and Erasmus application).
  • Project output: Trial Meetup.com events held in Edinburgh and Glasgow (limited attendance but supporting to inform approach.) 
  • Project output: A number of the Open Government forum’s members met to discuss civil society engagement around open government in Scotland, and to share thoughts on where we go next in developing Scotland’s Civil Society Open Government Network. (6/4/2017)
  • Operational delivery: An open planning page was developed (11/04/2017) that draws on the discussions at the meeting with proposed phases and next steps to establish Network, based on OGP Support Unit guidance. Deadline for feedback from forum has now passed. Next step will be to update forum with proposals w/c 22nd May.
  • Project output: Seminar held with Ulster University Pushing Boundaries Seminar Series. An overview of OG developments and the SDGs  08.02.17
  • Project development: Attendance at UK SSD Conference (01.03.17) and Science and the SDGs event (21.02.16)
  • Project development: Meetings with Dave Thomas (CADA) and Stephen Jones (CNI) 24.02.17, Jonna Monaghan (BHC) 07.03.17
  • Operational delivery: Participation in Pioneers Strategy Day (02.03.17)
  • Operational delivery: SDG web page created on NI OG Network website (25.02.17)
  • Project output: Presentation to Local Gov Sustainability Officers (22.03.17)
  • Project output: SDGs included in response to local government Community Plans
  • Operational delivery: Webinar hosting tech chosen (Go To Meeting)
  • Project development: First Webinar flyer created and circulated across all communications channels and contact database 26.04.17
  • Operational delivery: Wales Coordinator Jetske Germing recruited and joined in late February
  • Project output: Launch at major 3rd sector event gofod3
  • Project development: Engagement of key stakeholders to shape Wales project.
  • Project output: Blog written & shared
  • Operational delivery: Participation in Pioneers Strategy Day & equalities trg (02.03.17)
  • Project output: Set up Meetup.com page for Wales OGN
  • Project output: Twitter @opengovcymru engagement w key stakeholders. Increased to 104 followers by 30/3/17
  • Project development: engagement of Welsh Gov, Nat Assembly Wales, ex-Future Generations Commisioner, Elec Reform Society on gofod3 launch panel.
  • Project development: During gofod3 connected with third sector & gov groups incl Cynnal Cymru, WAO Good Practice; Co-Production Network Wales; Future Gen Commissioner; Y Lab/Nesta; John Drummond; Chief Digital Officer Wales; Peter Davies (ex Future Gen Commissioner)
  • Project development: Meetings with: Esko Reinikainen, ODI; Participation Cymru; Environet Cymru; Office of Chief Digital Officer Welsh Gov; Electoral Reform Society; Future Gen Commissioners Office
  • Operational delivery: Contact database created
  • Project development: Nat Assembly Wales (NAW) evidence research briefing attended with academia & third sector. Invited to Assembly Members Research Seminar in May.
  • Project development: Invite out for OGN meeting 27.4 Agenda drafted
  • Project development: Partner conversation: EnvironetCymru
  • Project development: Meetings with UK Stakeholders for Sustainable Development (UKSSD) to discuss partnership opportunities
  • Project output: Session ran at UKSSD Annual Conference on involving the public in the SDGs (01/03/2017)
  • Project development: Steering committee strategy meeting held to review next steps for the UK OGN (15/03/2017)
  • Project output: Steering Committee meeting with UK Government Points of Contact on OGP (22/03/2017)
  • Operational delivery: New England/UK coordinator in post Matt Harriott recruited and joined in early April
  • Meeting scheduled with Chris Skidmore (Minister for the Constitution)
  • Project development: Met with Chris Skidmore MP, the Minister for the constitution to discuss progress on current NAP3 commitments. Relationship will continue.
  • Project development: Explored prospect of producing 'Open Government 101s' which are structured around SDGs (5 to begin with). These will engage with stakeholders to establish the current state of play, thereby highlighting room for improvement. Looking to publish by September event in Edinburgh. This will feed into a the ideas creation process for NAP4, allowing for a thematic/SDG focussed conversation around what future commitments could look like, before we enter co-creation with gov't phase in early 2018.
May 2017
  • Operational delivery: A full project timeline was developed alongside a structure for the delivery of the project in Scotland. A communications plan was also developed to sit alongside this. The wiki was updated to bring it in line with how the project looks and feels post-application in order to use the Wiki for open planning of all future activities in Scotland 
  • Project output: Launch of Scottish Data Partnership to host network and discussions around open data 57 members. 08/05/2017. Open online meeting hosted to build on forum conversations around Scotland's data sharing agenda - discussions fed back to forum. 
  • Project output: Open Government Partnership 'Extended steering group' between civil society and Scottish Government 09/05/2017 focusing on extending engagement in OGP to society
  • Project output: Presentation about this project to the Scottish Public Information Forum on request at their relaunch meeting on 12/05/2017.
  • Project development: Worked with Scotland Malawi Partnership to build understanding of current SDG movement and met core stakeholders for first time to pick up post-2015 movement that had somewhat fizzled out. 
  • Project output: New SDG coalition of partners set up. The group is independent of the project and determines its own work/direction. We have agreed to support the group to operate by facilitating management and administrative support of the group but at no point leading it and the role of chair will rotate. Planning in early stages of this coalition is being hosted by us on the Wiki and a forum has been set up. Group will meet monthly and is growing.
  • Project development: Linking up with Dr Alec Wersun of Glasgow Caledonian University who is working jointly with UNGC Network UK and PRME UKI to look at role of business in delivering the SDGs in Scotland. Potential to consider links between civil society and business in shared agenda.
  • Project development: Partner conversations with BLF, Inclusion Scotland, CEMVO and YoungScot to progress equalities activities.
  • Project development: Partner conversations with Scottish Government National Performance team around SDGs, East Lothian Council on open government. 
  • Project development: Partner conversations with Jefferson Centre for democracy - on international webinar presentation on deliberative democracy & SDGs, Open Knowledge Foundation - SUII Knowledge Exchange proposal: Data (and) Democracy
  • Project development: Work ongoing with development of the http://globalgoals.scot/ website, which will be the national platform for SDGs, sharing info about the SDGs delivery in Scotland and linking to other sites and resources. Work will continue through to late May with coalition of partners feeding in. Site structure is now complete and the next sprint will involve coordinating more content for the site including an engagement plan.
  • Project output: Our partners at Scotland Malawi Partnership have secured cross-party support in Parliament for implementing the SDGs at home and overseas, and videos of 96 MSPs including the party leaders committing to the goals will feature on the site.
  • Project development: CEMVO and the Pioneers Project are hosting an event on 24th May with CEMVO members to introduce the Open Government Pioneers Project and explore what the sustainable development goals would look like in practice. Groups will explore the practical barriers and identify steps to achieve the sustainable development goals. 40 CEMVO members who work with different ethnic minority communities will be attending the event. 
  • Project development: Planning with Inclusion Scotland an event to take place on 29th June. Inclusion to discuss with their project management and report back in late May.
  • Project development: Planning with Young Scot to deliver an event as part of the Pioneers Project. Young Scot have presented a thorough proposal using a co-design approach, with young people involved from the outset. This will require further funding outwith the Big Lottery Funding, and we will be hosting a session with young people to explore the area and build evidence for further work.
  • Project development: An Erasmus funding bid for the project ‘Youth Voice in Open Democracy’ has been submitted in partnership with Young Scot, Project Scotland and The International Development Education Association of Scotland (IDEAS). We will hear whether we have been successful by the end of August 2017.
  • Project output: First webinar held 10.05.17 with Craig Matasick (OECD) 51 people registered and 29 participants.
  • Project output: Audio and video recordings posted across communications platforms 11.05.17
  • Project output: Grassroots Democracy Games with Special Schools (Disability) 19.05.17
  • Project output: Open policy making presentation to QUB Democracy event 12.05.17
  • Project development: Website updated listing upcoming events 04.05.17
  • Project development: Telephone call with Michael McCallion 18.04.17– no progress from government and little prospect of any imminent progress until Executive is restored.
  • Project development: NICVA manifesto event parked until Executive re-established and clearer Ministerial direction on the SDGs.
  • Project development: Skype Call with Craig Matasick (OECD) 24.04.17
  • Project development: Eamonn Dunaghy (Age Sector Platform) 26.04.17 regarding engagement with older people. Information sent to Eamonn for circulation in ASP e-bulletin.
  • Project development: Nicola Hughes (Sustainable NI) 11.05.17 meeting to discuss future engagement with local government.
  • Project development: Meeting with Grassroots Challenge team in advance of event 11.04.17
  • Project development: Meeting with grassroots team to consider Grassroots Democracy Games with Duke of Edinburgh (Youth) and possible SDG contribution to a major Youth Empowerment event 09.05.17
  • Project development: Contact with second webinar contributor, Dr Graham Long, and date confirmed for 21st June 2017.
  • Project output: SDG themed Democracy Games event held with NI Grassroots (Special Schools)
  • Attended CADA AGM 24.05.17 - Pioneer project raised and synergies discussed. Link with Center for Global Ed SDG 4.7
  • Project output: WOGN Meeting discussing priorities and partner opportunities
  • Project development: Linking into Equalities and Human Rights Coalition Wales and Diverse Cymru
  • Project development: Linking into #IWILL project and youth engagement
  • Project development: Partner conversations: Future Gen Commisioners Office, WWF, Volunteering Wales; #Iwill ambassador network of young people
  • Project development: meeting with ERS Cymru discussing partnership
  • Project output: WCVA has now signed up to Open Gov Asks for GE2017
  • Project output: Contributed to Great Repeal Bill consultation
  • Project output: Co-Production Network Wales meeting
  • Project ouput: input into National Engagement Proposal
  • Project output: Attended workshop, facilitated by Transparency International UK, on the government's consultation on a public overseas beneficial ownership register
  • Project output: Consultation response submitted to The Law Commission's proposal 'Protection of Official Data', which proposed changes to the Official Secret's Act.
  • Project output: Open Government Network submitted a letter to the leaders of each of the main Political Parties, calling for a series of commitments to furthering and embedding open government reforms.
  • Project output: Network polled to establish which of the SDGs will form the basis of the first 5 Open Government 101 resource sheets
  • Project development: Crowdsourcing of ideas for the agenda of an Open Government workshop - to be held in July - focused on scoping the challenges and opportunities that face the open government agenda over the course of the next UK parliament.
Aug 2017

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 International Budget Partnership [1]
  2. Scotland Performs, Scottish Government [2]