Government readiness for an open approach

On Tuesday 5th June 2018, members of the public met with the Scottish Government and Open Government Network to discuss the ideas that they had for creating a more open, transparent and participative government in Scotland. Conversations were grouped under four priority areas, one of which was 'Government readiness for an open approach. A number of actions were listed by attendees:

  • Requires plain language and a more accessible SG website.
  • Engage citizens and civil society early on.
  • Going to places and process where people are – not just requiring them to come to you.
  • Needs more accessibility of elected reps.
  • We need commitment to encourage input and really listen to it.
  • More deliberative processes.
  • More places (real world and virtual) where different ideas, priorities and projects can be exposed for public comment and contributions.
  • Encouraging citizen journalism – help make information more usable for people.

Why the contribution is important

  • We need better access to information to make participation possible/easier.
  • This includes more effective promotion of open government concepts.
  • Need to be able to communicate potential (policy) options to people.
  • Requires effective ways to discern community priorities.
  • Be about really empowering citizens – not consulting on done deals.
  • Need to build confidence and trust in political processes - and do this quickly
  • Need to increase the levels of political representation  (1;200 was identified as a guide/Target?).
  • Need trusted sources of information and advice about how to exert influence and lobby.

by PaulBradley on June 08, 2018 at 12:26PM

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