There’s a conversation going on right now (that due to other commitments I can’t be part of) about a narrative around open government – why it’s important and what we should do. This blog post from Graham Gordon at Tearfund mentions Open Policymaking.
Open government is only possible when there is government commitment and capacity to respond to the suggestions and demands of the process. Capacity will involve strong and effective oversight institutions such as parliaments and audit institutions, and commitment will be shown through government responses to suggestions and complaints and will involve new and more open ways of operating for national and local government departments. The Cabinet Office has recently embarked on new ways of participative policy-making through the way that the OGP Co-chair Vision and the UK National Action Plan have been developed jointly between civil society and government. This has been exciting to be part of.