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A Beginner’s Guide to Enabling Open Government

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This resource is developed by and for open government influencers - civil servants and civil society representatives seeking to collaboratively make governance processes transparent, participatory and accountable. It is intended for those who want to be an open government influencer.
The original guidance includes recommendations and experiences from experienced leaders in Europe and Central Asia. It follows the publishers' joint journeys in navigating challenges to creating an enabling environment for open government. It was developed based in insights and lessons from those journeys.
The guidance follows three steps: 1) Reflect on constraints, build core competencies, 2) Identify and prioritise shared challenges; and 3) Develop processes for programs and policies
It contains step-by-step guidance for facilitating conversations as well as avoiding common pitfalls.

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2 reviews for "A Beginner’s Guide to Enabling Open Government"

  1. Do you want to implement Open Government, but you don’t know where to start? This toolkit is for you! It answers briefly and concretely to the questions that a public servant who wants to implement Open Government may ask him/herself. The content is adapted to different types of users (people leading a group of open government leaders in a discussion, and also for groups of civil servants or representatives).
    It provides general information to start the process. The user follows clear steps dynamically on a website: he/she can easily choose the content that he/she wants to read. Also, the toolkit has visual resources as drawings that make the website more attractive. Every user needs to adapt the content to their own cases. It could look abstract to beginners that might need more accompaniment. But at the same time, it gives examples at each step, something that makes it easier to use the toolkit. The examples are also easy to distinguish from the steps.
    A (detail) practical issue that could be improved is that the website loads slowly, which diminishes the agility of the user.

  2. Marie-Therese Bushige says:

    This toolkit has been developed to help civil society to better implement the principles of open government. It is a tool that follows three steps by focusing on the main challenges that can be encountered by civil societies by fulfilling this task. The strength of this toolkit is the first step which emphasizes the importance of learning and still learning while adapting to the particularity of its context as a civil society, no generalization. Even the last step of this toolkit is all about developing projects or coming up with policies, it is not specific enough on what should be done. For example, I would suggest setting up an accountability infrastructure accessible to everyone and at all levels or creating a data-base culture containing the various challenges, progress and suggestions of other civil societies elsewhere.

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