The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is a key means by which all stakeholders can track OGP progress in participating countries. The IRM produces biannual 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.
Program Director, Independent Reporting Mechanism
Joseph has over 8 years of experience in assessing good governance and sustainable development. Joseph directs the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which annually assesses national performance on OGP commitments. Prior to his work at OGP, he worked as a Senior Associate for the Access Initiative, a network led by the World Resources Institute (WRI). During his time at WRI, he helped to develop a number of indicator-based toolkits to assess access to information, public participation, and access to justice for matters affecting the environment. In particular, he led work in Latin America, work on poverty and open government, as well as citizen participation in climate change adaptation policy. He was the lead author on a number of papers and reports, including "Voice and Choice Opening the Door to Environmental Democracy" and "A Seat at the Table: Including the Poor in Decisions for Development and Environment." Prior to this, he worked as a public school teacher for 5 years.
Joseph can be reached at Joseph.Foti@opengovpartnership.org
Denisse Miranda is a governance and human rights specialist with over 7 years of experience in development and civil society. Denisse is a Research Manager for the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP), which annually assesses national performance on OGP commitments. Prior to her work at OGP she was the Governance and Transparency Coordinator for a national federation of NGO's in Honduras where she is from. She has been involved with OGP at different levels since 2011, first as a civil society advocate and later as part of the research team responsible for the IRM report in her country. For the past four years she has also specialized in civil society enabling environments, improving legal and fiscal practices for CSO's and promoting international best practices to guarantee the right to freedom of association, assembly and expression.
Denisse can be reached at Denisse.Miranda@opengovpartnership.org
Tinatin is the IRM research manager in charge of the quality control processes for international reports in a number of OGP countries. She has more than 10 years experience in anti-corruption and good governance field. Prior to joining OGP, she was a programme coordinator at Transparency International Secretariat focusing on transparency of political party financing in various regions of the world. Along with other public sector initiatives, she managed a regional research and advocacy project in the Western Balkans and Turkey aimed at improving national integrity systems in the countries. In her home country Georgia, she has worked on democracy support, parliamentary and electoral strengthening programmes under NDI and UNDP. Tinatin received her BA in Public Administration at the Georgian Technical University and completed a one year academic exchange programme at the Department of Political Science at the University of Richmond, USA. She holds the Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Tinatin can be reached at Tinatin.Ninua@opengovpartnership.org
Lesly is the Independent Reporting Mechanism Program Officer. She is in charge of identifying, contracting and training local researchers as well as working with the IRM Manager to track and shepherd quality control processes for international reports in each OGP country. She is also assisting in fact-checking national studies and assisting in the editorial process as well as coordinating international events and conferences. Lesly is from Belgium but has lived in Washington, DC for over 10 years. She previously worked with the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she was the Project Coordinator for the Global Secretariat of The Access Initiative, a network of civil society organizations working on issues of transparency and accountability in environmental decision-making processes.
Lesly can be reached at Lesly.Baesens@opengovpartnership.org
Laura Vossler is the IRM's Research Assistant. She is responsible for supporting and carrying out research and quality control for OGP participating countries, and she plays a significant support role in helping researchers with writing and research. Laura graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with a BA in International Relations in 2013. She has previously coordinated academic research in the Philippines and worked for several international think tanks.
Laura can be reached at Laura.Vossler@opengovpartnership.org
Renzo Falla is an IRM Research Assistant. He is responsible for supporting and carrying out research and quality control for OGP participating countries, and plays a significant support role in helping researchers with writing and research. Renzo graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Government and Economics. He previously worked at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), where he supported citizen security and democracy projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Renzo can be reached at Renzo.Falla@opengovpartnership.org