Invitation to join the UK Open Government Forum

ogpThe UK Open Government Forum are encouraging voluntary and community organisations to join their network of civil society organisations.

Open government is the idea that government works better for citizens when it is transparent, engaged and accountable.

The network allows voluntary organisations to play a role in developing the processes needed to open up government budgets, contracts, datasets, decision-making, information, policymaking and public services.

The UK Open Government Forum provides a space for civil society organisations to share ideas and build the momentum for reform.  

What is Open Government?

Among other things, it helps ensure that those who make decisions which affect people’s lives are properly accountable and responsive to the public – supporting the effective, equitable and sustainable use of resources, delivery of public services and exercise of power.

At the centre of open government are three principles:

  1. Transparency: Disclosing government data and information on areas such as public spending, government contracts, lobbying activity, the development and impact of policy, and public service performance.
  2. Participation: Supporting a strong and independent civil society, involving citizens and other stakeholders in policy and decision making processes, and protecting whistleblowers who uncover waste, negligence or corruption.
  3. Accountability: Establishing rules, laws and mechanisms that ensure government listens, learns, responds and changes.

What is the UK Open Government Civil Society Network? 

The UK Open Government Forum has been established by the UK Open Government Civil Society Network to build and support the open government movement in the UK, increasing its breadth and diversity, and facilitating greater collaboration across it.

The civil society network works with and challenges government in the UK to adopt ambitious open government reforms as a member of the Open Government Partnership.

Why should you join?

By joining the UK Open Government Forum you will be able to:
  • Find and collaborate with other open government reformers
  • Learn about and share open government initiatives
  • Set up and join your own discussion groups on open government topics that matter to you
  • Receive updates and get involved in the activities of the UK Open Government Civil Society Network on the Open Government Partnership
Find out more about the Open Government Partnership and UK Open Government Civil Society Network, and sign up to the UK Open Government Forum to make open government a reality. 
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