What are Independent Progress Reports?
INDEPENDENT REPORTING MECHANISM
The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is a key means by which all stakeholders can track OGP progress in participating countries. The IRM produces annual independent progress reports for each country participating in OGP. The progress reports assess governments on the development and implementation of OGP action plans, progress in fulfilling open government principles, and make technical recommendations for improvements. These reports are intended to stimulate dialogue and promote accountability between member governments and citizens.
The IRM releases all of its data in open data format. The first database compiles all commitments or actions that have been analyzed as part of the IRM processes. The second database consists of information on how well each of the OGP participating governments participated in the OGP process as well as the existing institutional arrangements for OGP at the time of publication. A detailed Data Guide with explanations of variables, provenance, and potential can be found here.
Read the First IRM Technical Paper for a synthesis of the first 43 IRM reports: "OGP by the Numbers: What the IRM Data Tells Us About OGP Results". The executive summary is available here, and the full technical paper is available here.
Read the IRM Open Data Paper for an analysis of OGP country commitments within the larger context of open data and government reforms: "Aligning Supply and Demand for Better Governance: Open Data in the Open Government Partnership." The full paper is available here.
For further analysis on civic participation, read "Civic Participation in Latin American OGP Commitments". Download the PDF here.
UPDATE: IRM Reports Available for Public Comment!
Click on the 'Comments' button next to the country to see the most recent report available for public comments. If there is no 'comments' button, no report is currently available for public comment for that country. You can find more information about each country's schedule here. Before commenting, you can read this blogpost by the IRM Program Manager on how and why to comment on IRM reports.