Public Sector Reform Division have been undertaking a lead role in the development of Open Government commitments aimed at strengthening transparency and accountability across Executive departments.

Northern Ireland Open Government commitments

This work has involved engaging with representatives from across departments and civic society to develop commitments that would reflect the Open Government challenges and progress locally.

As a result a number of commitments were developed and agreed by the Executive in November 2016. These include:

  • promote greater levels of public sector innovation including seeking to establish a New Executive Innovation Fund.
  • develop and trial effective open policy-making and public engagement methods including Government and civil society co-designing a pilot project to test open policy making methodology.
  • to investigate implementation of the Open Contracting Data Standard (OCDS) in the Department of Finance’s Central Procurement operations including developing a visualisation tool with contracts data as part of the Executive’s Open Data Strategy.
  • open-up government for greater accountability, improve public services and building a more prosperous and equal society including increasing the proportion of public sector agencies to have published open data.

Public Sector Reform Divison officials will continue to work collaboratively with representatives from other Executive departments and civic society to implement the agreed commitments and track progress on the related milestones.

The commitments were published as a part of the updated Action Plan to coincide with the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Paris on 8 December 2016.

View the updated Action Plan

The Finance Minister’s related press release

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