A report on Canadian-Led Open Government

 
canada_v2-01.png

How Canada can maximize its opportunity to lead the OGP

 

 

A Joint Project Between

 
 
 
 

Goals

 
map-1.png

Explore how Canada can maximize its leadership opportunity at the OGP

 

controls-9.png

Align Canada's foreign affairs approach with open government

 

megaphone-1.png

Promote Canadian civil society's open government expertise

 

 

Approach

 
 Interviewing x civil society leaders

Interviewing open government leaders around the world

book.png

Researching international best practices for open government

 Synthesizing the research

Synthesizing research and interviews

 
 
 

Open government has flourished in Canada over the past six years. Canada has received substantial recognition for its efforts to scale its open data delivery at all levels of government.

Despite its successes, Canada still faces the challenges of spreading adoption of open government principles and formalizing its official implementation approach. Overcoming these challenges and refining the tools of open government would allow Canada to take full advantage of its new leadership position on the OGP Steering Committee, while also reinforcing its existing domestic and foreign policy goals.

Based on input from open government leaders, this report proposes that Canada’s position on the OGP Steering Committee is an opportunity to redefine and enhance Canada's leadership in the world.

Recommendations

Our research was synthesized into 6 recommendations for the Government of Canada’s open government policy, aimed at complementing the existing Open Government Directive and Third Biennial Plan to the Open Government Partnership

 

1. Lead by Example

Leadership in open government can involve being a frontrunner in adoption of international transparency standards

 
 

3. CLARIFY THE MESSAGE

Clear and succinct communications will improve coordination of Government of Canada activities abroad.

2. ACTIVE AND PROACTIVE PARTICIPATION

Increasing engagement of civil servants and politicians in open government will spread it  beyond the Treasury Board Secretariat.

 
 

4. GO BEYOND COMPLIANCE

Leadership also involves going beyond compliance and raising minimum standards on open government.

 
 
 

5. Translate Open Government to other policy areas

Move beyond releasing open data to apply open government as a solution for other policy and problem areas.

6. Reinforce the Relationship with Civil Society

The relationship between government and Canadian civil society organizations should not be forgotten.

 
 
"Canada can build on its solid reputation of transparent and accountable governance by leveraging relevant platforms, connecting international agendas with open government, and encouraging more countries to adopt open government reforms."

— CLAIRE SCHOUTEN, INTERNATIONAL BUDGET PARTNERSHIP