Better Place Forum: Initial Thoughts.

Demsoc and ERS Scotland recently organised and facilitated a forum entitled: ‘A Better Place: Communities, Citizens and Consumers & New Approaches to Social Policy & Public Services’. We are currently compiling a report based on the discussions at the forum, but in the meantime, you can read my initial thoughts over on the What Works […]

Whatever happened to open government and open policy? A scorecard

After being elected Prime Minister in 2010 David Cameron committed the UK to having “the most open and transparent government in the world.” Alongside this, the Government’s civil service reform plan published last year promised to “make open policymaking the default”, recognising that Whitehall itself does not have a monopoly on expertise. Here’s a brief – inevitably partial […]

Open policy and an overarching narrative on open government

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 […]

UK civil society shared vision for open government

This post by Tim Davies originally appeared on the Open Government Partnership blog. The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global effort to make governments better by promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance. This network met today (11th October) at the Free Word Centre, London to explore a broad agenda of open […]