Meeting of Scotland's Open Government Partnership Steering Group - 20th Feb

(Paul Bradley) #1


Scotland’s Open Government Partnership Steering Group, responsible for the strategic direction and decision making relating to the development, delivery and monitoring of Scotland’s 2018/20 Open Government Action Plan, will be meeting in Edinburgh tomorrow morning from 10am - 11:30am.

As per the terms of reference for the group, we are sharing the agenda (found below) for the meeting in advance and there is the opportunity for members to join as observers if they would like. Please get in touch if this is something you would like to attend.

The agenda is attached. For more information about the OGP Steering Group in Scotland and to find out who from the Network sits on the group, visit


OGP Steering Group - Agenda - 20 Feb 2019.pdf (149.8 KB)

(Niamh Webster) #2

Thank you for sharing Paul.

(Ruchir Shah) #3

Hi Steering Group members,
How did the OGP Scotland Steering Group meeting go? Grateful for your feedback on what was discussed and your sense of where we are now and where we are going with OGP Action plan. Thanks, Ruchir.

(Alex Stobart) #4

Hello Ruchir

It went reasonably well, although it is difficult to have consistency and support to Niamh / Doreen as the Co Chair on the SG side has never been the same person.

There are concerns emerging about support for civic society and capacity ; financial resources for the Network ; and most of all, the planning and delivery of the Action Plan as this does not appear on the face of it to have started. There are not yet owners with agreed Plans for the 5 commitments in the Plan, and I think we need to start on this before May. The meeting did not really address these issues as we were running out of time. We can pick them up when we meet next month and in correspondence.

It would be very helpful if we can co-design all these in google documents so there is open, transparent working in the OGP itself in Scotland from now on. This was not the case with the last 6 months to create the Action Plan as you know, and for openness across Scotland we should encourage open working to see what is going on. I think Wales, NI and England may well do this already.


(Niamh Webster) #5

Hi all
A note of the meeting has been circulated to steering group members for review and will be published next week. I’ll make sure it’s shared here.

(Ruchir Shah) #6

Thanks Alex and Niamh
I recognise the concerns about resourcing civil society capacity.
I’d be grateful to network members for any thoughts on who might like to invest in civil society capacity and on what terms.

All plans to date are at:

Regards, Ruchir.

(Ruchir Shah) #7

Hi Niamh
How’s that note of the meeting coming on? Keen to see it before we get into the UK OGN civil society steering group strategy day tomorrow. Any chance you can circulate tomorrow morning?
Thanks in advance, Ruchir

(Doreen Grove) #8

Hope the meeting goes well Ruchir, I am not sure when Niamh is expecting back corrections from the members of the steering group, if she can I am sure she will circulate today. However, we knew that Kaela was coming to the meeting so will be able to give a very thourough update from the meeting. Hope you also get the chance to consider the Scottish proposed commitment for the UK plan - improving it from a civil society view point would be really welcome.

(Niamh Webster) #9

Morning. The group were asked for comment by Wed 27th, when it will then be published. Will share as early as possible tomorrow.

(Niamh Webster) #10

Dear all

A note of the Steering Group meeting is now published and available here:

More info on the group and other meetings here: