News 16th February 2018

Crowdsourcing Commitments for the NI Open Government Action Plan

by Connor McLean

Written by David McBurney

The NI Open Government Network is collecting ideas to improve transparency, participation and accountability. We are looking for proposals that the Northern Ireland Executive should commit to in its 2018-2020 Open Government Action Plan.

We would like to hear from citizens, community groups, civil society organisations, and anyone interested in greater transparency, citizen participation and accountability from government.

Your idea might include a fully formed commitment with an explanation of the problem it intends to address.  Alternatively, you may wish to flag an issue that you are concerned about.  All ideas are welcome.

Ideas included in the previous NI Open Government Action Plan can be found here.

At the end of this crowdsourcing phase, the NI Open Government Network will prioritise and develop the best ideas into a set of proposals. These proposals will be presented to the government and we will advocate their inclusion as NI-specific commitments in a UK Open Government National Action Plan.

The Northern Ireland Open Government Network is an alliance of individual citizens and representatives of voluntary/community organisations with the following vision:

“To contribute to delivering more open, transparent and accountable government that empowers citizens to shape decisions that impact on their lives.”


Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments work better for citizens when they are transparent, participatory and accountable.

Open government reforms can transform the way government and public services work, ensuring that they are properly responsive to citizens, and helping deliver better outcomes for society. Good health and wellbeing, quality education, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities – open government is critical to achieving all of these outcomes and more.

If you would like to propose an idea, please click here…