Activity

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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]

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]

1 Home Nations Engagement Sprint Coordinators 06 February 2017 29 June 2017
1.1 All team members in place N/A 06 February 2017 06 February 2017
1.2 New team members to catch-up with project Coordinators 06 February 2017 08 March 2017
1.3 National events in each UK home nation (e.g. Gathering in Scotland, Gofod) Coordinators 20 February 2017 20 April 2017
1.4 Vision for open government approaches to delivering SDGs Paul 06 March 2017 02 April 2017
1.5 Engagement with detailed action plans at home nation level Coordinators 15 March 2017 31 May 2017
1.6 Develop pioneer project plans/timelines at home nation level Coordinators 06 March 2017 02 April 2017
1.7 Equalities events at home nation level Coordinators 15 April 2017 29 June 2017
1.8 Meet-ups/conferences/seminars at home nation level Coordinators 06 February 2017 31 May 2017
2 Digital Platform Sprint Coordinators 01 June 2017 29 September 2017
2.1 Work on digital platform - building, testing, networks Paul 20 March 2017 03 May 2017
2.2 Digital Platform Campaign/Engagement launch, Scotland Paul 01 June 2017 30 June 2017
2.3 Digital Platform set-up in other home nations Coordinators 14 June 2017 23 July 2017
2.4 Digital Platform Campaign/Engagement launch, other home nations Coordinators 22 July 2017 20 August 2017
2.5 12 July 2017 10 August 2017
3 Activity sprint on action plans Coordinators 01 July 2017 28 September 2017
3.1 Finalising subnational action plans Coordinators 01 July 2017 28 September 2017
3.2 National action plan sign offs Coordinators 01 July 2017 28 September 2017
3.3 UK Action plan contributions Coordinators 01 July 2017 28 September 2017
3.4 Meet-ups/conferences/seminars at home nation level 01 July 2017 28 September 2017
4 International Engagement Sprint Coordinators 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4.1 Focus on engagement with Pioneer civil society cohort Coordinators 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4.2 International webinars with Pioneer civil society cohort Coordinators 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4.3 Digital platform development and outreach for international learning Coordinators 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
4.4 01 August 2017 29 September 2017
5 Activity sprint on UK-wide learning Coordinators 01 July 2017 01 February 2018
5.1 National events in each UK home nation (e.g. Gathering in Scotland, Gofod) Coordinators 29 September 2017 27 November 2017
5.2 UK Conference (Led by Northern Ireland wih input from Scotland) (inc. early planning Coordinators 01 July 2017 01 February 2018
5.3 Meet-ups/conferences/seminars at home nation level 29 September 2017 01 February 2018
6 Review and appraisal Ruchir 01 January 2018 14 February 2018
6.1 Preparation of written briefings and reflective seminars, focus on sharing what works TBC 01 January 2018 14 February 2018
6.2 Next steps re Conference outputs (to inform second half of project) TBC 01 February 2018 14 February 2018
6.3 Delivery Team Review Session and planning TBC 01 February 2018 07 February 2018
6.4 01 February 2018 07 February 2018
7 Activity sprint within nations Coordinators 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
7.1 National events in each UK home nation (e.g. Gathering in Scotland, Gofod) Coordinators 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
7.2 Engagement with detailed action plans at home nation level Coordinators 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
7.3 Meet-ups/conferences/seminars at home nation level 01 March 2018 29 May 2018
8 Activity sprint on international learning Coordinators 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
8.1 International webinars with Pioneer civil society cohort Coordinators 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
8.2 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
8.3 01 June 2018 30 July 2018
9 Legacy planning Ruchir 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
9.1 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
9.2 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
9.3 01 August 2018 30 August 2018
10 Activity sprint on UK-wide learning Coordinators 01 September 2018 30 October 2018
10.1 National events in each UK home nation Coordinators 01 September 2018 30 October 2018
10.2 Action planning for next stage of project Coordinators 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

Communicating the project - our strategy[edit | edit source]

Strategy[edit | edit source]

All the core partners for this project are committed to:

  • Opening up the way we will communicate this project
  • Ensuring cohesive and consistent messaging about the project by all partners at any time
  • Identifying and maximising opportunities to raise the profile of the programme
  • Sharing ideas and assets across partners to make our approach to communications as effective as possible

Please engage with our detailed communications plan.

What media channels should we use?[edit | edit source]

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Media Scope
Guardian Society UK wide
Third Sector News UK wide
Civil Society UK wide
Charity Times UK wide
WiredGov UK wide
Huffington Post UK wide
LocalGov England
Digital by Default News UK wide
Third Force News Scotland
Local Government Information Unit Scotland Scotland
Public Finance Magazine UK Wide
PoliticsHome UK wide

Planning pages[edit | edit source]

Here is a list of the various open planning pages for project activities:

References[edit | edit source]

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