The OGP Review has been developed by the OGP Civil Society Engagement Team and Involve (a UK based NGO) to enable civil society in Open Government Partnership countries to assess how open and ambitious their governments are being in developing their National Action Plans. It is intended to support civil society to advocate for improvements in OGP processes, both nationally and globally.
The purpose for developing the tool has been threefold:
First, to support the rigorous and comprehensive scrutiny of an action plan by civil society. It consists of fifty questions, divided across three sections, that evaluate 1) how the new action plan was developed, 2) the quality and ambition of its commitments, and 3) how the previous NAP was implemented. Questions explore everything from whether a timeline was proactively published to the extent to which commitments match civil society priorities. The scoring of each question is weighted, based on a survey of civil society, to ensure that each is given the worth it deserves.
Second, to allow for some comparison between countries and, more importantly, over time within countries. For each metric, civil society is asked to rate their government on a four point scale, from “not at all” to “to a large extent”, with each option including some explanatory text to give some guidance on what “to a moderate extent”, for example, would look like in practice. Of course, how a question is interpreted and answered will still depend on a lot of individual, societal and cultural factors, so we must be careful about the conclusions we draw, particularly in comparisons between countries. Perhaps more importantly, government and civil society will be able to track how they progress over time with each action plan they produce.
Third, to support civil society advocacy to government, and prompt a discussion between the two partners on how their country can perform best. Within the process of completing the review, there’s an opportunity for government and other civil society organisations to respond to the first draft completed by the lead civil society reviewer. However, much more important than this, we hope the tool will be used collaboratively by government and civil society before and after a NAP is developed to set and review ambition.
The OGP Review is intended to complement the formal scrutiny mechanisms of the OGP by providing a rapid, civil society owned review that aids advocacy.
For more information, contact Tim Hughes (Involve) at: firstname.lastname@example.org