OGP Tblisi Workshop Proposal - Scotland and Spain

From Open Government Pioneer Project


The co-chair of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), The Prime Minister of Georgia, will host the 5th OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018​. Around 1,500 participants from more than 70 countries are expected to attend, including heads of state and ministers, public officials, members of parliament, local authorities, civil society representatives, international organizations, researchers, and journalists.

Delegates from OGP’s 75 participating countries are expected to exchange ideas on how they are making their governments more transparent, accountable, and responsive to citizens. This is also an opportunity to talk about goals, challenges, and best practices in the implementation of open government reforms to improve the lives of citizens around the world.

UPDATE: The proposal has been accepted! This is on condition of combining a Scottish and Spanish proposal into a single session.

This proposal will aim to bring together Scottish and Spanish civil-society led perspectives into the conference, to share what we have learned from our experience as a young open government movement with bold ambitions for change at home and abroad. We want to develop this openly, and even if accepted, will continue to shape the format and planning of the session with the Open Government Network communities in Scotland and Spain. All welcome to contribute!

Our proposal

Title of session

How to use open government to improve public services? How Scotland and Spain are linking open government with Sustainable Development Goals to secure reform at a more local level.

Organisers (partners)

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Name Organisation Role Attendance
Paul Bradley Open Government Scotland Network Coordinator Facilitator Planning to attend in person
Lucy McTernan Open Government Scotland Steering Group member Speaker Planning to attend in person
Ruchir Shah Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Workshop instigator Planning to attend remotely / via livestream

Format of session

  • This proposal has been developed openly at https://opengovpioneers.miraheze.org/wiki/Scottish_Workshop_Proposal
  • Following a scene setting intro, the session chair will engage 3 speakers to spark off a discussion with the audience with 5 mins introductory remarks each.
  • Each speaker will then have an opportunity to ask one question of one of the other speakers to help frame the discussion.
  • Following this initial discussion, an expert moderator will broaden out the conversation to the audience, periodically returning to the chair to facilitate reflections from the speakers
  • Livestreaming arrangements - We plan to livestream this session from https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSM3qRpFP8wmOpziYO8HhPQ


  • Sharing Scotland's story on how we’re using Sustainable Development Goals to introduce Open Government principles and practice to a mainstream policy/public services audience
  • The session is designed to inform Scotland's Summer of International webinar programme, where open government reforms applied to public services will be explored openly, internationally and in detail.
  • A key output of this session will be a publicly available wiki page where key themes arising from this discussion will be developed further into proposals and actions with the wider open government community


Speakers (gender balanced):

  • Civil society Scotland discussant - Experiences bringing open government reforms to health and care in Scotland through policy change
  • Civil society Spain discussant - How marginalised communities are using open government reforms to localise the SDGs
  • Guest discussant - OGP Steering group member bringing a wider international perspective on applying open government to public service reform


  • Individuals with civil society backgrounds from campaigning and service delivery NGOs
  • Government representatives exploring how open government can transform engagement and delivery in public services. Scottish Government representatives have already agreed to participate.
  • Academics and think tanks seeking to assess what works in public service reform.

Expected outcomes

Improved understanding of the practical challenges to applying open government reforms to improve public services, using Scotland's health and care service and Spain’s localisation of SDGs as case studies.

A set of practical ideas on what works in supporting people to use open government approaches to engage progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

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