18 December 2012

CLD: Press release


OGP: Guidelines for Assessing OGP Action Plans


The Centre for Law and Democracy is today releasing a Report - Making the OGP Effective: Guidelines for Assessing OGP Action Plans - which presents nine guidelines for assessing Open Government Partnership (OGP) Participating States' action plans. The development and implementation of action plans is central to the whole OGP project: they contain the concrete commitments made by Participating States and hence the standards against which performance is measured. The guidelines are designed to be used by local stakeholders to assess the quality of country action plans.


"Despite the importance of action plans, many are very poorly done and even the better ones stand to be improved significantly," said CLD Executive Director Toby Mendel. "We hope that local groups find these guidelines useful to help them assess and then advocate for better action plans, which we see as one of the most practical ways of bolstering the impact of the OGP."


The guidelines address a range of standards for OGP action plans, including the consultation process, the extent to which commitments are diverse, ambitious, relevant and new, the extent to which commitments are concrete, including through having clear timelines for achievement, the extent to which commitments cover all relevant actors and envisage progressive improvement, and whether plans include clear monitoring and evaluation frameworks.


These guidelines are a tool for anyone to use. CLD strongly encourages local stakeholders to take ownership of the guidelines, and to use them to assess the action plans which their countries have adopted. We are ready and willing to help with this process when requested. Otherwise, we hope local stakeholders will use the guidelines on their own, and we look forward to reading about the results.


The Report is available at: http://www.law-democracy.org/live/ogp-guidelines-for-assessing-ogp-action-plans.


For further information, please contact:


Toby Mendel                                                             Michael Karanicolas

Executive Director                                                    Legal Officer

Centre for Law and Democracy                               Centre for Law and Democracy

Email: toby@law-democracy.org                             Email: micheal@law-democracy.org

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