Seven ideas for Open Parliaments

The Opening Parliament blog has seven tips on opening up Parliaments, taken from discussion at Personal Democracy Forum Poland. Most are also relevant to Open Policymaking (hat-tip, too, for Giulio Quaggiotto from UNDP).

I particularly liked:

4. Understanding why citizens engage: Meeting citizens’ expectations for use of PMO websites is important to attracting repeat users. Ostling identified some reasons citizens use PMO websites, including: they receive answers from MPs; they believe PMO information to be trustworthy and neutral; they desire to build support for their priorities/beliefs. As Paul Lenz of mySociety noted in a panel the previous day, citizen engagement is only worthwhile if they get something back.


Published by Anthony Zacharzewski

Anthony Zacharzewski was one of the founders of Demsoc in 2006. Before starting work for Demsoc in 2010, he was a Whitehall civil servant and a local government officer.