The International Experts Panel (IEP) oversees the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) to safeguard its independence and to ensure consistent application of the IRM methodology and quality research standards in its products. IEP members are selected through an open call for applications or nominations and recommended for appointment by the Criteria and Standards (C&S) Subcommittee of the OGP Steering Committee. The IEP is comprised of up to five experts in the governance field with diverse regional and professional backgrounds.
In its role, the IEP guarantees the independence and quality of IRM products through two main functions:
In addition, IEP members support IRM strategic communications and dissemination activities to increase uptake of IRM findings. Members may also provide ad-hoc contributions to the OGP Support Unit on matters relevant to their IEP roles or pertaining to IRM findings and participate in global and regional OGP events in their capacity as IEP members.