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From Open Government Pioneer Project

Established partners

Organisational partner What we are aiming to achieve through this initiative Contribution Responsbility Grant from Big Lottery UK to take forward Open Government Pioneers Project UK
Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations Civil society: to increase awareness and understanding of open government across existing civil society networks and actively engage them in progressing open government in Scotland, building on the spotlight presented by Scotland's Open Government Pioneer status

Wider society: to increase interest and mobilise more engaged citizens to come together and make use of open government approaches to realise progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

To strengthen Scotland's civil society's connections with best practice and networks in other countries in order to increase the pool of knowledge and tools available to open government campaigns in Scotland.

Coordination of Scottish OpenGov civil society network

Overall coordination of civil society pioneer project

Lead body supporting Opengov civil society in Scotland and represented on UK Open Government Civil Society steering group Staffing and overhead costs grant = £173378

Also managing BLF UK funded direct costs for project = £139700 which funds fees and non-staffing costs incurred by all project delivery partners across UK

Northern Ireland Environment Link Developing a knowledge about and a vision for open government through workshops, seminars and events

Engaging with decision makers to help deliver a more open, transparent and accountable government that empowers citizens to shape decisions that impact on their lives

Coordination of Northern Ireland OpenGov civil society network

Coordination of UK open government civil society conference

NI Environment Link is secretariat to the NI Open Government Network; and is represented on UK Open Government Civil Society steering group. The secretariat was appointed to provide practical, technical and human resource support to the NI Open Government Steering Committee and members of the Network Staffing and overhead costs grant = £49391
Wales Council for Voluntary Action Civil society: to increase awareness and understanding of open government across existing civil society networks and actively engage them in progressing open government in Wales

Welsh Government: increase understanding of and commitment to open government; Welsh Government puts actions into place that will increase open government in practice, particularly via its Open Government Action Plan and delivery of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act

National Assembly: increase understanding and support for open government; National Assembly to demonstrate open approaches through its work, particularly to involve citizens and civil society in the National Assembly’s scrutiny of delivery against the Wellbeing and Future Generations Act  

Co-ordination of the Welsh civil society Open Government Partnership (WCVA and Electoral Reform Society Cymru)

Co-ordination of civil society contribution to the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act which reflects the SDGs

Lead body supporting Opengov civil society in Wales Staffing and overhead costs grant = £68818
Involve Continue to expand the UK Open Government Network to involve civil society organisations working on issues beyond governance

Secure commitments from the UK government to open government reforms that contribute to SDGs beyond SDG16

Support learning across nations and the development of strong sub-national Open Government Networks

Supporting international learning, drawing on the experience of international partners through the OGP and sharing our learning

Co-ordination and continued development of UK Open Government Civil Society Network and steering group

Providing support, as required, to development of devolved networks

Hosting information website and forums for all UK home nations

Providing point of contact with international OGP and partners

Lead body supporting the UK civil society network and open government in England Staffing and overhead costs grant = £68694
Democratic Society UK Across the UK, facilitation support for the UK-wide activities, in particular the UK conference.

In Scotland, support the open government movement make more effective use of the opportunity provided by the National Action Plan to secure progress towards the SDGs.

Facilitation and expertise on developing open participation methods Leading organisation working on democratic participation and represented on UK Open Government Civil Society steering group
Network for International Development Organisations Scotland Monitoring and analysis of Scotland's commitment to sustainable development abroad
Scotland Malawi Partnership Increased awareness of the SDGs in Scotland but also increased ownership of the Goals at a civic level. 

Challenge the predominant narrative of the goals as the preserve of governments and the UN, and establish a sense of civic engagement and activism by creating a space where citizens can share inspiring case studies of what they are doing, however locally, to contribute towards the delivery of the SDGs in Scotland.

If successful in capturing the public’s imagination, the web-platform would ultimately also create a space in which the Scottish and UK Governments and Parliaments would feel compelled to share their own actions and commitments towards all 17 goals both internationally and domestically.

In this way, if successful, the web-platform would:

  • [primary aim:] advance the delivery of the goals in Scotland and the UK by developing civic awareness and engagement, and
  • [secondary aim]: support greater transparency, accountability and commitment from Government and Parliament.
Strategic support and oversight of the development of the web-platform in Scotland: both in terms of the technical development, the generation of core content, and the rolling out. [1] Piloting online polling functionality through the project's platform Expertise in online participation, data analysis and visualisation. Online voting platform for collaborative decision making.
Big Lottery Fund UK Funding partner of the Open Government Pioneers UK initiative Resourcing the core partners above to deliver the Open Government Pioneers Project UK - over 2016-18 Contribution to Open Government Pioneers Project UK steering group.

Supporting and sharing learning generated by project.

Total grant towards Open Government Pioneers Project = £499,981
MutualGain The raison d’etre of MutualGain is to empower organisations and communities to reconnect in the social space, which lies between the state and the individual. Ultimately, we aim to promote greater participation and active citizenship within our democracy and increase social capital, for the mutual benefit of all. Delivering the Independent Evaluation of the OGP Pioneers Project. Delivering the Independent Evaluation of the OGP Pioneers Project. Around £10k from Open Government Pioneers Project to deliver independent evaluation
Interlink RCT Work with seldom heard young people to understand the WFG Act with a focus on the 'involvement' duty under the Act to support sustainable development and the role of WG and public sector bodies involved in the Cwm Taf Public Service Board.  This will link to the Wellbeing Plan (WFG Act) and the PSB through the Public Engagement Group to ensure the involvement of young people is fully embedded into the current and future work of public services.   Equalities partner for Wales Open Government Network Engagement with equalities groups + event
Diverse Cymru Diverse Cymru and C3SC are running a project engaging people from diverse communities in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan across the protected groups with the Welsh and local public sector. Their approach includes capacity development/skilling up participants and communities to understand the Well-being of Future Generations Act and how to get involved with the public sector in Wales; building understanding of barriers faced by various diverse communities; and direct engagement between individuals from diverse communities, governments and the wider public sector to develop an engagement and involvement model through co-production. The June conference will introduce the wider Welsh public sector to this new model. Equalities partner for Wales Open Government Network Engagement with equalities groups + event
Youth Cymru Co-ordinate and facilitate 15 Interactive Outreach and Participatory Workshops targetting organisations who work with groups of young people aged 14 - 25 who face challenges. The workshops include training & consultation Equalities partner for Wales Open Government Network Engagement with equalities groups + event
Ideas for Ears Ideas for Ears is a social enterprise run by people with hearing loss.  It supports organisations to create and deliver products and services that are accessible, effective and desirable for those with hearing loss and other hearing conditions. Equalities partner reviewing accessibility of UK conference N/A
Electoral Reform Society (Wales) Our aim is to try and engage people in Wales in the open government process through the coordination of the network and working with Welsh Government on the Wales Action Plan. Core partner working with WCVA on Open Government engagement Delivery of network and civil society lead on Welsh Action Plan. £3000
Cynnal Cymru Co-ordinate key project outputs to the Open Government Pioneers Co-ordinators Group and oversee the three small equalities projects linking them to the Open Government Action Plan. In addition we will be helping to deliver a webinar with WCVA and the Electoral Reform Society. Core partner working with WCVA on SDG activities Project coordinator supporting WCVA and the Electoral Reform Society.
Arc of Inclusion Equality and diversity, community engagement and capacity development, mediation, evaluation. Consultancy led by Amanda Heenan with partner input from Sam Tedcastle, Centre for Good Relations. Delivery partner working with all core partners on equality outputs Leading on the 'equality coproduction initiative' at the end stages of this project. £9800
Project Scotland National charity working with young volunteers. Wish to ensure that the voice of young people is included Delivery partner working with SCVO in Scotland Working on the ErasmusPlus equality project £4000

Prospective partners

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Amanda Heenan Arc of Inclusion Equality and diversity, community engagement and capacity development, mediation, evaluation.
Reka Kovacs Urban Tide Delivery partner: open data training/mentoring & community engagement, consultation around open data strategy, open data roadmap development, open data platform etc.
Ann Hindley Cross Keys Associates Community development, asset based approaches, evaluation
Gareth Morgan The Kubernesis Partnership LLP Consultant specialising in charity governance, legal structures, financial management
Simon Jaquet SJCS LTD Specialist in third sector organisational development, evaluation, and qualitative research
Kelly McInnes Northern Star Evaluation, facilitation, training, strategy development and community engagement.
Fiona Garven Scottish Community Development Centre (SCDC) Community development, community engagement, participation, community led research, participatory evaluation, facilitation, participatory budgeting.
Lara Cooper The Communications Hub Strategic communications and marketing specialist, offering training and consultancy to government and not-for-profit organisations. Particular experience in engaging hard-to-reach audiences as well as wider groups and communities.
Michael Keating MutualGain At MutualGain we are committed to strengthening the skills and expertise of public and voluntary and community sector organisations in engaging with the communities they serve. We are interested in providing the equalities training session you require on 2 March.
Catherine Hamilton Inspire2Achieve Training & Consultancy Ltd Facilitation, training, coaching around inclusive behaviours, self-awareness and impact; engaging in diversity agenda
Mal Cansdale Barod CIC Barod is a cooperative of disabled and non disabled people. We provide accessible information, Easy Read, equality training and user experience testing
Ade Fashade London Voluntary Sector Council Community/service user engagement especially with BAME & faith-based groups, community facilitator, Equality and diversity, Equality Impact Assessment.
Sarah Crowther REAP / HEAR Network Equality and Diversity, especially a) impact of multiple or intersecting characteristics, b) Positive Action and PSED. Approach interactive and participatory, action-oriented training and follow up.
Chris Whitwell Friends, Families and Travellers National charity working on behalf of all Gypsies, Travellers and Roma regardless of ethnicity, nationality, culture or background. Our aim is to end the racism and discrimination against these groups and we seek to achieve this through a variety of activities embracing both grass roots service delivery and national social policy work. Part of our work involves building the capacity of mainstream organisations to deliver more accessible and culturally appropriate services to Gypsies and Travellers, some of the most discriminated against and excluded communities in the country. We can help raise awareness and understanding of the issues through our classroom style training and, in future, through our e-learning package shortly to be launched.
Stephen Fraser East Lothian Council Local authority looking to become a fully digital organisation. Keen to link with others and explore how our data can be used to improve society.
Eddy McGregor Project Scotland National charity working with young volunteers. Wish to ensure that the voice of young people is included
Nathan Williams ProMo-Cymru ProMo-Cymru works towards building positive change and lasting relationships between individuals, families and communities. We provide innovative and creative solutions through meaningful conversations and digital technology. We are interested in being a partner in any proposed youth involving project.
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