Other Resources 9th May 2017

Video: Open Policy-making at Democracy Day 2017 – Tim Hughes

Open Policy-making: A new era for citizen engagement in NI

The Northern Ireland Executive committed in November 2016 to pilot an open-policy making process as part of their participation in the Open Government Partnership.

As part of Democracy Day at the MAC, a session hosted by the NI Open Government Network explored what open policy making is and what it could look like in Northern Ireland through the lens of international case studies and experiences in other parts of the UK.

Contributors included:

• Robert Bjarnason from the Iceland Citizens Foundation
• Hille Hinsberg from the Praxis Centre Estonia
• Tim Hughes from London-based public participation specialists Involve

Tim Hughes – Involve

Tim is director of Involve – a charity that works across the UK and internationally to make politics, government and society more open, participatory and deliberative.

He has advised national governments, devolved governments and local authorities on designing and facilitating effective participatory processes.

He has worked with multilateral organisations – including the OECD, Open Government Partnership, and International Budget Partnership – to improve the practice of participation and open government globally.

Since 2012 Tim has led the development of the UK Open Government Network; and he has supported the establishment of the Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales Open Government Networks.