Open government is a vital feature of Scotland’s democratic landscape, acting as a driver for openness, transparency, and citizen participation in how government works.
Those supporting open government want everyone to have the opportunity to shape and oversee public services and policies, so that we can achieve better outcomes for all. It’s about ensuring access to information, opportunities to participate, and mechanisms to hold decision-makers to account – all while fostering a culture of trust and co-operation between government and civil society.
The Open Government Scotland Civil Society Group brings together active citizens and civil society organisations committed to making Scottish government work better for people through enhanced transparency, participation and accountability. We want to harness a movement of reformers inside and outside government who can make change happen, learn together and ensure open government is the way we do things in Scotland and beyond.
Scotland has been a pioneer in open government, joining the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2016 and developing national action plans that support real commitments to openness in decision making.
As the new leader of your party, and our new First Minister, you have the opportunity to reaffirm and support the concept of open government in Scotland. You can do this by:
By doing so, you will not only uphold your party’s values and vision, but also contribute to making Scotland a more open, democratic, and inclusive society.
We look forward to working with you and your ministers to take forward this opportunity, and build on Scotland’s commitment to open government.
The Open Government Scotland Civil Society Group