Civil society and civil service working together to deliver a culture of governance that promotes the principles of transparency, integrity, accountability and stakeholder participation in support of democracy and inclusive growth.
Project stage: Working Group.
The problem: Government faces challenges in solving complex policy issues on their own, as they may lack the necessary insights and perspectives of citizens. Without proper citizen engagement in public policy making, the resulting policies and services may not effectively address the needs of the people they are intended to serve. Additionally, it may be difficult to anticipate how the public will react to new policies or reformed services, which can lead to unintended consequences.
Target Groups: National government and civil society representatives.
Geographic Area: Nationwide (Ireland).
Partners (lead): Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.
Solution: In OGP, governments work with civil society to create action plans with concrete reforms. This model helps ensure citizens play a role in shaping and overseeing government. When citizens are involved in public policy making, they are more likely to be informed about the issues and have a better understanding of the reasoning behind certain decisions, which can increase their confidence in the direction of the policies and services. Therefore, it is crucial for governments to find effective ways to engage citizens in the policy-making process in order to create more responsive and effective policies and services.
Funders: Open Government Partnership
Impact forecasted: To transform how government serves its citizens.