I was really sorry to miss the DCLG Science Day (thwarted by a broken washing machine…) but I don’t feel so bad now that Richard Harries has published a Dropbox link containing all the materials and tweets from the day. It’s a great way of recording the output of an event and making it open.
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 […]
The latest from Sophie Oliver at the Cabinet Office is on the OGP UK blog: Firstly, we need to get policy proposals sent up to the relevant ministers for approval before April. I don’t want to undermine the open methods of working we’ve employed so far by appearing to close down as we get into […]
This project led by the Democratic Society on open policy making has been focusing on how to improve the mechanisms we use for consultation. While it might not have made (m)any headlines, a recent House of Lords report strongly challenged the Government’s new guidance on consultations and has confirmed the concerns of many organisations which have been following these developments closely. […]
Ten quick points by Andy Williamson – follow the link to read them all – but I particularly liked the bonus eleventh. Open policy is much, much more than open data, it’s about transparent and timely access, process, action and feedback and should fundamentally challenge the assumptions behind the current policy making process.
More than 40 years ago the American sociologist Sherry Arnstein developed the ‘ladder of participation’ to represent the degree of involvement by citizens in decision-making. Arnstein’s levels range from ‘non-participation’ at the bottom of the ladder – at worse, the manipulation of citizens – to ‘citizen power’ and true citizen control at the top. One of the challenges […]