First Minister Mark Drakeford, WCVA Chief Executive Ruth Marks and a young woman stand smiling in front of some stairs

Wales Open Government Network

We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to shape the decisions that affect their future – that means being more involved in Welsh Government decisions. 

The Wales Open Government Network is part of a UK-wide project to make government work better for people by making it more transparent, accountable for its actions, and easier for citizens to get involved.

The initial phase was led by the WCVA, Electoral Reform Society and Cynnal Cymru and focused on Wales’ unique Well-being Goals as set by the Well-being of Future Generations Act .

What is Open Government?

Open government is the simple but powerful idea that governments and institutions work better for citizens when they are transparent, engaging and accountable.

Open government has three parts:

  • Transparency – opening up of government data and information on areas such as public spending, government contracts, lobbying activity, the development and impact of policy, and public service performance.
  • Participation – support for a strong and independent civil society, the involvement of citizens and other stakeholders in decision making processes, and protection for whistleblowers and others who highlight waste, negligence or corruption in government.
  • Accountability – rules, laws and mechanisms that ensure government listens, learns, responds and changes when it needs to.

Good open government reforms can transform the way government and public services work, ensuring that they are properly responsive to citizens, while improving their efficiency and effectiveness, and preventing abuses of state power.

To get involved in the debate, please visit discuss.opengovernment.org.uk

Open Government Partnership

The Open Government Partnership is an international initiative that provides a platform for reformers inside and outside governments around the world to develop reforms that “promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance”. 

Since its foundation in September 2011, over 2,000 commitments have been made by 65 participating countries, covering a third of the world’s population.

Open Government Pioneers Project

WCVA is in partnership with Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), Involve, and Northern Ireland Environment Link to support more people to take part in the decisions that will shape their future through the Open Government Pioneers Project.

The project helps people share the tools, techniques and resources required to engage and challenge their governments to serve them better. 

There is a focus on supporting people who are not normally heard in the decisions that affect them, and the connection between citizens and devolved governments of the UK home nations.

For more information visit the Open Government website: https://www.opengovernment.org.uk/about/open-government-pioneers-project/

Find out more at the links below:

2016-18 UK Open Government Action Plan: Commitment from the Welsh Government http://www.opengovernment.org.uk/resource/2016-18-uk-open-government-action-plan-commitment-from-the-welsh-government/

Twitter @opengovcymru

Open Government Wales Officer Anna Nicholl, WCVA: anicholl@wcva.cymru