Costa Rica Design Report 2019-2021
Plan after plan, Costa Rica continues to improve its co-creation processes. This time participation improved in terms of quantity and quality, as it engaged more organizations and achieved greater ownership from them throughout the process. The funds allocated to execute the Collaboration between government, civil society and other stakeholders (e.g., citizens, academics, private sector) is at the heart of the OGP process. Participating governments must ensure that a dive... made a difference, especially in terms of the information that was available at every one of its stages. The thematic areas included in the plan are relevant to the national context, but increasing the level of According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, OGP commitments should “stretch government practice beyond its current baseline with respect to key areas of open government.” Ambition captures the po... and According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, citizen participation occurs when “governments seek to mobilize citizens to engage in public debate, provide input, and make contributions that lead to m... More in the development of the commitments remains a challenge.
|Table 1. At a glance
Member since: 2012
Action plans are at the core of a government’s participation in OGP. They are the product of a co-creation process in which government and civil society jointly develop commitments to open governmen... under review: IV
Type of report: Design
Number of commitments: 8
Action plan development:
Is there a Regular dialogue between government and civil society is a core element of OGP participation. It builds trust, promotes joint problem-solving, and empowers civil society to influence the design, imple...? Yes
Level of public influence: Involve
Acted contrary to OGP process: No
Action plan design
Relevant to OGP values 8 (100%)
Transformative 1 (13%)
Potentially starred: 1 (13%)
The The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a multi-stakeholder initiative focused on improving government transparency, ensuring opportunities for citizen participation in public matters, and strengthen... More (OGP) is a global partnership that brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive, and accountable. The The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) is OGP’s accountability arm and the main means of tracking progress in participating countries. The IRM provides independent, evidence-based, and objective ... monitors all action plans to ensure governments follow through on commitments. Costa Rica joined OGP in 2012. Since, Costa Rica has implemented three action plans. This report evaluates the design of Costa Rica’s fourth action plan.
General overview of action plan
The new action plan included eight commitments that address issues relevant to a large portion of the national population, such as safety, unemployment, economic downturn and environmental degradation. However, the proposed initiatives lack ambition and its potential impact to make significant progress in addressing the identified issues is low.
The plan is considered an Open State plan, since, in addition to the Executive Branch, it engaged the While a majority of open government reforms occur within the executive branch, OGP members are increasingly taking on commitments to increase the openness of the judicial branch. Technical specificati...; later on, the Legislature would be included. The plan was developed through the most participatory process ever undertaken. The process included two in-person workshops, with participation from 139 participants; a launch event; and workshops hosted outside the metropolitan area, with participation from 93 attendants. In addition, the process included an online component, whereby dozens of proposals and comments were received.
The process was adequately documented and information was shared promptly. At every stage, input gathered by the public was systematized and published in the national open government portal.
The National Open Government Commission (CNGA in Spanish) led the co-creation process, with support from a technical team, which consisted of civil society organization ACCESSA and the open government team. ACCESA received a grant from the World Bank and the Open Government Partnership to execute the process, which brought about significant improvements. The deliverables proposed to receive the funds included reports about resource execution and lessons learned throughout every stage of the co-creation process, which helped improve the documentation of this open government cycle.
It remains a challenge to ensure that commitments respond to the level of ambition expected and proposals conveyed by the civil society. In the opinion of civil society organizations, the OGP commitments are promises for reform co-created by governments and civil society and submitted as part of an action plan. Commitments typically include a description of the problem, concrete action... drafting process was largely led by implementing and government agencies. Thus, in many cases, commitments do not adequately reflect the proposals put forward by the public during the co-creation process.
Table 2: Noteworthy commitments
|Commitment description||Moving forward||Status at the end of the implementation cycle|
|Commitment 8: Judiciary Observatory
Objective: Develop a Judiciary Observatory to monitor and oversee the judiciary management
|Generating information to allow users of the Judiciary to understand the status of their cases and have access to average times to process cases with similar characteristics and in the same judiciary circuit would make a significant difference. In addition to giving users confidence, it would represent a key input for monitoring by the observatory and the citizenry.||Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
|Commitment 7: Sowing Safety
Objective: Together with civil society, strengthen the Sowing Safety strategy to address safety issues more effectively
|The commitment would benefit from including an accountability component after its implementation, and not relying solely on publishing information as described in the commitment as it is written.||Note: This will be assessed at the end of the action plan cycle.|
The IRM recommendations aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide implementation of the current action plan. Please refer to Section V: General Recommendations for more details on each of the below recommendations.
Table 3. Five KEY IRM Recommendations
|Refine the methodology to include commitments in the action plan that better align with the proposals put forward by civil society.|
|Leverage the momentum of the co-creation processes and achieve continuity between the Giving citizens opportunities to provide input into government decision-making leads to more effective governance, improved public service delivery, and more equitable outcomes. Technical specificatio... in these processes and the implementation of the action plan, empowering the CNGA and its participating CSOs.|
|Include indicators to assess commitment Implementers must follow through on their commitments for them to achieve impact. For each commitment, OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) evaluates the degree to which the activities outlin....|
|Strengthen commitments by better linking their activities with the issues they seek to address.|
|Implement strategies to create and manage the institutional open government expertise gained throughout the years.|