OGP participating countries will co-create a National Action Plan (NAP) with civil society. Action plans should cover a two-year period and consist of a set of commitments that advance transparency, accountability, participation and/or technological innovation.
OGP participating countries operate on a two-year NAP calendar cycle, in which there are no gaps between the end of the last action plan and the beginning of the new one.
This means every country will be implementing a NAP at all times, although individual commitments still vary in length. In order to achieve this, countries will draft their new NAPs during the last six months of implementation of the previous NAP. All NAPs should cover a period of implementation of a minimum of 18 months, although individual commitments may vary in length. We strongly recommend that each action plan contain between 5 and 15 ambitious commitments
Countries, with the active involvement of civil society, are encouraged to tackle new and ambitious commitments as well as build upon past successes. Effective public consultation process during the development of action plans can help build broad support for commitments with a wider set of actors to rely on for successful implementation.
Guidance on conducting public consultation can be found here.
Governments are expected to conduct a Self-Assessment Report on an annual basis, and participate in the OGP commitment process continuously going forward. OGP action plans are living documents that can be updated as needed. However, we do ask governments to be sure to maintain the most current version of the action plan on the OGP website.
Action plans should be clear, succinct, and action-oriented, approximately 8-12 pages in length and written in plain language with minimal use of jargon or technical terms. All countries participating in the Open Government Partnership are asked to follow a common template for their OGP Action Plans.
In this section, briefly explain the local context by discussing why open government efforts are important for the country. This section should also outline the governance reform priorities for the country and identify the grand challenges that the country intends to address through its OGP National Action Plan along with a justification.
2. Open Government Efforts to Date
This section provides a brief narrative of key open government initiatives and accomplishments to date, particularly as they relate to the government’s chosen grand challenges. Most action plans tackle at least two of the five OGP grand challenges, which are: 1) Improving Public Services, 2) Increasing Public Integrity, 3) More Effectively Managing Public Resources, 4) Creating Safer Communities, and 5) Increasing Corporate Accountability. For more detail on the grand challenges, see the OGP Articles of Governance. This section should explain how the new action plan builds on previous OGP action plans and related efforts to strengthen open government reforms.
3. NAP Development Process
OGP participants commit to “co-create” their country action plans through a multi-stakeholder consultation process, with the active engagement of citizens and civil society. This section describes the NAP development process, including public consultation.
4. OGP Commitments
Each commitment as written must be specific, clear, and succinct. Each commitment should be no more than a few paragraphs or half a page in length. The level of ambition and relevance to OGP values should be clearly demonstrated. Experience has shown that action plans listing 5-15 high quality commitments are preferable to those with very large numbers of weaker commitments.
This section should identify specific commitments that the government is going to undertake with respect to their chosen grand challenge(s). These commitments may build on existing efforts, identify new steps to complete on-going reforms, or initiate action in an entirely new area.
Governments are encouraged to make commitments ambitious, with clear milestones for progress on the implementation and range of commitments from action plan to action plan. Each commitment should have its own short paragraph identifying what the commitment is, how it will contribute to greater transparency, accountability and/or citizen engagement, who will be responsible and involved in implementing the commitment, and what the government hopes to accomplish by making this commitment. There should also be a brief discussion of how the specific commitments respond to public feedback generated through consultations.
Commitments can have different timelines depending on how much work is required to implement them. The action plan should include an estimated timeline for each commitment, as well as a clear milestone indicating what will be accomplished during each year of implementation (e.g. by the end of year 1 and by the end of year 2).