Useful OGP info - 2020 Calendar and Materials

Hi all, find below some useful information including guidance materials and toolkits relating to the OGP action plan process from the OGP, alongside the OGP Global Report 2019. (FYI the UK is an ‘odd-year country’).

2020 Schedule

Key dates to keep in mind in 2020 as an odd-year country:

  • January to April: Participate in the 2020 government Steering Committee (SC) elections. The deadline for national governments to submit their candidacy to run for a seat in the SC is February 21. If there are more eligible candidates than seats available, a vote will be held between March 6-April 3. An outline of the process and timeline is available here.

  • May: Open Gov Week (OGW) 2020 will take place on May 3-10. We encourage you to plan or attend events in your country during the Week so changemakers in and out of government come together to listen to each other’s ideas, discuss solutions, and commit to taking real action. Here is a Toolkit to help you make it happen, with examples of successful past events (including the UK’s last year).

  • August 31: deadline for amending existing Action Plan with additional commitments (if applicable)

Guidance Materials

  • OGP Handbook 4.1: Rules and Guidance for participants (Updated February 2020). This is the latest updated version. This is the “OGP PoC Bible” with information about the calendar, rules about delays, advice on how to handle electoral/transitional processes, and guidance on how to develop an Action Plan and Self-Assessment Report. It also includes rules and guidelines on how to develop the mandatory online repository and minimum requirements for all OGP participating governments.

  • 2019-2021 Calendar for Odd Countries. This calendar is included in section 2 of the OGP Handbook. Please note:

    • The calendars present information for the development and implementation of one action plan cycle, not for two cycles as in previous versions of the Handbook.
    • The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) will produce two reports during the two-year action plan cycle. A design report that will assess the co-creation process, action plan scope, and commitment design, due for delivery between May and July of the year following action plan submission. An implementation report that focuses on the progress and results achieved during the two-year implementation period of the action plan, that will be delivered nine months after the end of the action plan implementation cycle.
  • OGP Participation and Co-creation Toolkit. The Participation and Co-creation Toolkit provides guidance on developing successful co-creation and implementation processes in line with the requirements established in the OGP Participation and Co-Creation Standards. The Toolkit, through the presentation of proven best practices, offers a blueprint for adopting a shared, cross-sector approach.

  • OGP Global Report (2019). The Global report is a comprehensive assessment of the state of open government. Launched at the Ottawa Summit, the report provides a thorough and honest review of progress made by OGP member countries in the first eight years of the partnership. In determining its findings, the report examines a vast amount of the world’s governance data, across multiple dimensions of democracy and openness, specifically looking at three areas of progress and next steps: 1. Collective results: OGP countries’ progress as a collective based on aggregate indicators of openness; 2. Priority policy areas: OGP countries’ progress in three key areas: civic space as a crucial underpinning, anti-corruption initiatives, and public service delivery ; 3. Member pages: Stories of individual member countries’ progress across their OGP action plans and against key indicators of openness, as measured by third-party indicators.