How to Make an OGP National Action Plan Commitment
Australia has only 5 months to define ambitious open government reforms for its first Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan. In this time we must gather raw ideas, research, discuss and deliberate them into fully developed, budgeted, and agreed commitments. In July the government must announce the commitments it will implement over the next 18 months.
Defining concrete commitments, building support for them, and negotiating with our government is the most important work our Civil Society network can do right now. Unfortunately, it’s not very clear how to actually do this yet. Last week, Henare, Luke, and I got together to discuss what the OpenAustralia Foundation might do to make the process clearer. We soon realised we didn’t really know what the process was ourselves.
To demystify it, for ourselves and others in the network, we’ve decided to jump in and have a go. We’ll create one commitment in an area we care about and document the process for everyone. We invite you to collaborate with us. Join us on the journey, and together we’ll show how one group of citizens creates an action plan commitment towards reforms that make a big difference in our community.
At the OpenAustralia Foundation we work to make parliament more open through projects like They Vote For You. We see some clear gaps in Parliamentary openness that our first National Action Plan can address, so that’s the area we’ll focus a commitment on.
To start things off here’s the process we plan to go through to create our first OGP National Action Plan commitment:
- Define the problem – what is it? Who else cares about this?
- How does solving the problem draw on OGP values? Why would it be a good OGP commitment? See the OGP’s guide to assessing action plan commitments for relevance to OGP values.
- Is it part of one of the OGP Grand Challenges?
- Work out what makes an effective commitment
- What’s needed in an OGP Commitment – See OGP commitment template<
- What do other commitments look like? Check OGP Commitment Explorer
- Is there an international OGP working group who can help?
- Develop the commitment according to the OGP’s template
- Submit commitment somehow – how best to do this? By when?
I’m off to get started now. We’ll keep you posted about what we learn along the way. Drop in or lend a hand in this Open Parliament discussion.
Originally posted at the OpenAustralia Foundation blog
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2 thoughts on “How to Make an OGP National Action Plan Commitment”
Hi Kat – Thank you for a fantastic post! I would only add the following suggestions:
1) Think broadly in terms of the OGP principles and Grand Challenges, problem area you would like to see addressed – then narrow your focus to an outcome and what exactly can the Australia Government do to achieve that outcome. Define an action (or a program of actions) that the Federal Government could take to achieve that outcome.
2) The outcome – or at least significant progress toward it – has to be delivered so our Government can report (and be reviewed) against it within two years.
3) I am available to work with you to workshop your ideas and turn them into suggested actions. If you let me know what interests you I will also connected you with others across Australia who are interested in the same things as you.
4) The commitment template in Kat’s post should provide a good guide. You can also see actions in other Countries plans (see the explorer) and I think the Open Gov Guide is pretty useful source of ideas http://www.opengovguide.com/
5) Finally submissions: up until the end of March everything received through the blog/website comments, wiki comments and email is being treated as input/suggested actions. This input is being published on the wiki and website and reported / discussed as a summary of action areas on a weekly basis with the OGPAU team at PM&C. I am also monitoring the #ogpau conversation online. Check out http://ogpau.govspace.gov.au/contribute/ for more information including the timeline and key decision points.
I hope that’s helpful. Please feel free to get in touch anytime.