Equalities co-production initiative

From Open Government Pioneer Project

Equality Good Relations Project[edit | edit source]

This development project was a response to the need identified by the Opengovpioneers project to do more intensive engagement and capacity building with equality interest groups. The aim is view to increase participation and influence in the Sustainable Development Goals and Open Government by people and groups who share protected characteristics . Our proposal sets out how we responded to this brief, and our open planning document provides an brief overview of the project. This project is based on the principles of co-production and civic mediation.

We are developing communications material to send out to people and groups. who may have no prior knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and Open Government, in partnership with The Friendly Information Company, and will link to it here by 28 November 2018.

Making links..[edit | edit source]

We are reaching out to a diverse range of organisations and equality interest groups. Please email if would like your organisation to be included.

Reading / Watch list[edit | edit source]

The table below includes references to research and insight that are informing this project and will help to build the capacity of all of us involved to influence and participate more effectively. Please feel free to add to the list here, or get in touch

Title Source
Sustainable Development Goals Resource Hub Scotland SDG Network
Guidance on co-producing a research project Involve & National Institute for Health Research Involve & the National Institute for Health Research
The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace John Paul Lederach
Community Empowerment Briefing Inclusion Scotland
FOI Consultation Report, 9 June 2018 - Freedom of Information (FOI) & Young People Scottish Information Commissioner
New Voices: How Welsh politics can begin to reflect Wales Electoral Reform Society Cymru
National Conversation about immigration Hope not Hate
From benign neglect to Citizen Khan Barrow Cadbury Trust
It's an emotive thing, drawing lines on maps Scottish Alliance for People and Place & Centre for Good Relations
Video case studies of the power of using FOI requests Scottish Information Commissioner
Eurocities: Roma Inclusión Working Group The Eurocities Network
Inspiring Women Change Makers Igniting Inspiration Award Winner Pria Bhabra interview: working with asylum seekers and refugees (Leeds City Council) Inspiring Women Changemakers

Meeting schedule[edit | edit source]

We will be meeting with stakeholders, including equality interest groups between November 2018 and January 2019, leading to an open conversation on 27 February 2019 to explore joint interests, and consider a collaborative approach for a longer-term programme.

Our meeting schedule is in development. If you would like to meet up, please get in touch! Email: We will publish a list of who we've met with as part of the project report.

Equalities Co-production Initiative (Initial brief by the Open Government Pioneers Project Board)[edit | edit source]

Aims[edit | edit source]

Objective[edit | edit source]

  • This initiative will support a partnership of Equalities organisations across the UK to host an open conversation around engaging people furthest from decision making into plans around SDGs and Open Government.
  • Support will be provided by existing partners if the Open Government Pioneers UK Project. However, the overall direction and design will be determined by the equality organisational partners.
  • The purpose of the conversation will be to inform a major bid to the BIG Lottery UK fund to resource a programme of capacity building for people furthest from decision making to engage in SDGs and Open Government.

Intended outcomes[edit | edit source]

More people have the tools, confidence and resources to overcome the barriers to their participation in the decisions that affect them.

Rationale[edit | edit source]

  • The Opengovpioneers project opened up engagement with equalities groups, but found a much more intensive capacity building exercise is needed to engage those furthest from the decisions that affect them in using opengov as a way to improve their lives.
  • The Sustainable Development Goals is strongly equality focused and provides a useful (but untested) framework for organising engagement themes with those furthest from decisions.
  • The Open Government methodology, based on securing better transparency, increased participation and clearer accountability is powerful technique but needs to be adapted to those not familiar with the associated language and structures.

Outputs[edit | edit source]

  • An open concept paper on why we need to engage people furthest from decision making into plans around SDGs and Open Government, published and discussed online by the SDG and Open government networks across the UK
  • A series of engagement meetings with key equality groups to develop interest and introduce open government approaches to SDGs
  • A summit held in February to bring together the lead equalities organisations interested to design a major funding proposal building on existing networks and practice
  • Funding proposal developed by a consortium of equality partners and a bid facilitator submitted to Big Lottery Fund UK

A proposal is being developed by network members as an option to deliver:

Approach[edit | edit source]

A consortium of equalities orgs led by a key equality network in each UK home nation, back by an online wiki to document and plan progress.

There is an opportunity for the opengovpioneers project to host an initial engagement event, that can be used to develop a proposal to BIG UK.