The backstory

Image of the Scotland Partnership holding the Subnational declarationLast year, Scotland was accepted to be part of the Pioneer Tier of the Open Government Partnership, a pilot program consisting of 15 subnational governments with action plans to open up government throughout 2017. This handed Scotland a unique opportunity to show itself as an exemplar for what can be done and what all countries should aspire to when delivering democracy.

Until now all of the action by the OGP has been on governments eligible for full United Nations membership. But as we know in Scotland, there’s lots going on past the level of the nation state. More and more devolved regions, cities and even nations within nations, are taking on the functions of governments that would have otherwise been run from the centre.

The OGP Subnational Pilot Program consists of 15 subnational governments who submitted Action Plans and signed onto the Subnational Declaration at the Paris Global OGP Summit, and will be implementing them throughout 2017.

The plan

The Scottish OGP National Action Plan contains five commitments to be delivered in 2017:

  1. What's in the OGP Subnational Action PlansFinancial Transparency: to clearly explain how public finances work, so people can understand how money flows into and out of the ScottishGovernment, to support public spending in Scotland.
  2. Measure Scotland’s progress: by making understandable information available through the National Performance Framework, which will be reviewed to reflect our commitments to Human Rights and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  3. Deliver a Fairer Scotland: Through implementation of the actions developed with civil society through the Fairer Scotland action plan.
  4. Participatory Budgeting: To empower communities through direct action ensuring they have influence over setting budget priorities.
  5. Increasing Participation: improving citizen participation in local democracy and developing skills to make sure public services are designed with input from users and with user needs to the fore.



The progress

Scottish Government six month update

The Scottish Government has now published a six month update on progress with the five commitments in the Scottish action plan. The update can be accessed here.

If you would like to know more about any of the commitments, or the action plan more widely, please join Scotland’s Open Government Forum or contact the Scottish Government’s Ingage Team or the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations.

Subnational Program: next steps

Timeline of next steps

Independent reporting stage

Wondering what’s happening with the independent evaluation of Scotland’s OpenGov Action Plan? Find out more about the evaluation taking place between October – December 2017. 

Preliminary Review – November 2017

Read Scotland Preliminary Review 2017 – For Public Comments

We invite you to comment on the Independent Reporting Mechanism’s 2017 Preliminary Review for Scotland’s OGP action plan. The two-week public comment period will close on 30 November 2017.

As part of the pilot status of the reports, the IRM is releasing the 2017 Preliminary Review for Scotland with an evaluation of process and commitment form (specificity, relevance, and potential impact). The final report will be released in the first trimester of 2018.

Comments are welcome here, in the form below,  or by email to: [email protected]. Please specify in your email if you wish for your comments to remain anonymous.

Get involved

With a membership that’s nearly doubled in five months, and one that boasts an impressive cross-section of civil society, Scotland’s Open Government Network has brought more than 200 people together to help make government more open. This puts us in a much stronger position since we were handed the status of Pioneer to collaborate and advance open government in Scotland in the coming months and years.

You can stay up to date with the latest events in Scotland.

You can also join Scotland’s Open Government Network and take part in forum discussions.

Or follow latest developments on Twitter @opengovscot.