Action Plans

ACTION PLANS

On this page are guides to developing OGP action plans; for more details you can also view the Requirements page. 

Action plans should cover a two-year period, with the expectation that governments will report on progress 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.

All countries participating in the Open Government Partnership are asked to follow a common template for their OGP Action Plans. The goal is to keep Action Plans as concrete, succinct and action-oriented as possible. For this reason, OGP Action Plans should be between 8 and 10 pages.

I. Introduction: This section should briefly discuss why open government efforts are important for the country, and identify the grand challenge(s) that the country intends to address through its OGP Action Plan and why.  Most action plans tackle at least two of the 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.

II. Open Government Efforts to Date: This section should provide a brief narrative of key open government initiatives and accomplishments to date, particularly as they relate to the government’s chosen grand challenge(s).

III. OGP 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 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 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 benchmark 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).