OGP DATA NOW UPDATED (DECEMBER 2016)
IRM Open Data
In addition to the more dynamic Explorer below, 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 uses can be found here. The Commitments Database and Process Database were updated in September and July 2016 respectively.
OGP Explorer: Easy Access to the Wealth of OGP Data
The OGP Explorer provides the OGP community - civil society, academics, governments, journalists - easy access to the wealth of data that OGP has collected. The OGP Explorer allows you to answer questions like:
- What have countries promised - and what have they delivered?
- How did the consultations go across Africa?
- Which countries have commitments on fiscal transparency?
- How many starred commitments does Albania have?
- What happened to the UK promise on beneficial ownership?
The tool comes in two options and has three views.
Option 1 - All Commitments: contains all 2,000 commitments, roughly half of which have been assessed by the IRM’s team of researchers. The other half contains commitments being implemented as we speak and not yet evaluated by the IRM team. For these commitments the data is limited to the commitment title, details and thematic tags. The amount of data in this version is large and the OGP Explorer may perform slightly slower.
Option 2 - IRM assessed commitments: only contains the data on commitments and consultation processes that have been assessed by the IRM. The smaller data set allows this version of the OGP Explorer to perform more quickly..
The OGP Explorer can be viewed in three ways:
Graph View of all commitments allows users to visualize the IRM assessed data in dynamic and effective ways. For example, you can make graphs based on completion or relevance; select grand challenges, values or tags; select countries or regions and finally select a sorting method. Moving your mouse over the bar chart will give you detailed statistics and the graph will change instantly when you change any of your chosen options.
Table View (Process Data) gives users the ability to quickly evaluate country performance on their OGP process. It contains information on Action Plan development, on how government and civil society work together during implementation and on how countries performed on their self assessment. Use the filter options to narrow comparisons to performance areas you care about.
Table View (Commitment Data) gives access to the full details on the commitments. This view has information on impact, relevance and completion. You can see which commitments are new and which are starred. Finally, each commitment is classified with tags, and assessed on relevance to OGP values and grand challenges. You can view the commitments as a long list, by country, or opt for simply for the country statistics.
You can play endlessly with all three views, and once you are finished please feel free to export the data as CSV file. This allows users researchers and others to apply use the data in their own investigations, and analysis or reporting.
The OGP Explorer has benefited from the diligent work of our talented developer, Miska Knapek, whose previous projects include the Web Index of the World Wide Web Foundation. Thanks also to the IDRC who provided financial support to the OGP’s Civil Society Engagement team to make the OGP Explorer possible.
Please note that this is only phase 1 of the OGP Explorer project. We already have some ideas for phase 2 and invite you as users to let us know what features are most useful, what you would change and what additional features you would like to see in the next version of the OGP Explorer. Send suggestions to email@example.com.