Open Government Project: National Action Plan development launch

This launch event for the Open Government Project – hosted jointly by the Cabinet Office Transparency Team and UK Open Government Civil Society Network – will kick off a series of events and conversations interrogating what it means to be an open and transparent government and ask how far we can stretch our collective ambition.

Over the next six months, civil society and government will work together to develop our new open government National Action Plan (NAP). This plan will set the standards for open government, with clear commitments, milestones and benchmarks against which we can measure our progress.

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The event

This launch event will bring together representatives from central and local government and civil society to explore our vision for a more open, accountable and responsive government. Participants will hear from leading thinkers on a range of topics, including: access to information, civic participation, public accountability, technology and innovation, open data and anti-corruption.

Attendees will have a chance to participate in an open policy making process to identify the problems we would like to resolve through the NAP. The event will focus on setting the direction for the NAP and collecting innovative and ambitious ideas for the kind of commitments we can pursue.

Due to capacity restrictions at the venue, and to ensure a good mix of attendees from different areas of government and civil society, we are requesting expressions of interest at this time. We will aim to confirm your place as soon as possible, taking into account levels of interest.

Please note that whilst this event is the launch of the process, ongoing participation in the project is not limited to those attending. If you are unable to attend but would like to be involved in this project, please email us to be kept informed as this project progresses. If you would to join the UK Open Government Civil Society Network, please sign up via its online forum.


09.30 Registration, coffee & networking

10.00 Welcome – Simon Burall, Director of Involve

10.05 Keynote – Matt Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office

10.20 Lightning talks: how high is the bar on open government?

Anti-corruption: how can collective governance be used to prevent corruption? – Rachel Davies, Transparency International UK

Civic participation: how can we open up policy making processes? – Sarah Allan, Involve

Accountability: how do we design for better scrutiny? – Gavin Freeguard, Institute for Government

Open budgets: how can we help citizens follow-the-money? – Elena Mondo, International Budget Partnership

11.05 Lightning talks: a framework for open government?

What is the Open Government Partnership and why does it matter? – Martin Tisne, Omidyar Network

How can we create a National Action Plan that reimagines the relationship between government and citizens? – Ollie Buckley, Cabinet Office

Commitment in focus: Developing the UK’s first Anti-Corruption Action Plan – Beck Wallace, Cafod

What can we learn from our current National Action Plan? – Ben Worthy, OGP IRM Researcher

11.50 Interactive session: setting the direction for our National Action Plan

12:30 Lunch

13.15 Commitment lab

Access to Information

Civic Participation

Public Accountability

Technology and Innovation

Open Data


14.45 Coffee

15.00 From ideas to action

15.45 Keynote – Sir Eric Pickles, Government Anti-Corruption Champion


The UK is a founding member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), established in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. Since then, the OGP has grown from eight countries to 65 participating countries. In all of these countries, government and civil society are expected to work together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

A requirement of membership to the OGP is the biennial publication of a NAP, containing concrete and measurable commitments to drive innovative reforms in the areas of transparency, accountability, and citizen engagement. The UK’s third NAP is due to be published by the end of 2015 and will cover a 30 month period.

If you have any queries about this event, please email us.