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Costa Rica End-of-Term Report 2015-2017

This report was written in Spanish with an English Executive Summary. To see the original report, go to https://www.opengovpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Costa-Rica_End-of-Term_Report_2015-2017.pdf

Access to information improved during the second year of implementation. The government approved decrees and directives that resulted in more proactive publication of information by public institutions. Future efforts should aim to improve the quality of information and address other open government values.

Commitment Overview Potential starred? * Major or Outstanding Results? **
9. Transparency Index of the Public Sector (✪) Evaluate public entities on transparency, access to information and accountability through the Transparency Index.

Yes

Yes

10. Reports of completion with internal audits (✪) Improve transparency by disclosing information on audits and designing response mechanisms to citizen feedback.

 

Yes

No

* Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, and potentially transformative
** Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as having major or outstanding results in terms of the ‘Did it Open Government?’ variable
✪ Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as being specific, relevant, potentially transformative, and substantially or fully implemented.

While CSOs were actively involved during co-creation, they were only consulted during implementation. Both stages of the process need to increase participation from both CSOs and the government, to make sure all commitments have the necessary support for successful implementation.

Did not act contrary to OGP process

A country is considered to have acted contrary to process if one or more of the following occurs:

  • The National Action Plan was developed with neither online or offline engagements with citizens and civil society
  • The government fails to engage with the IRM researchers in charge of the country’s Year 1 and Year 2 reports
  • The IRM report establishes that there was no progress made on implementing any of the commitments in the country’s action plan

Only eight of the 23 commitments in the action plan were completed by the end of the implementation period. Ambition continues to be a challenge, as only two commitments in the 2015-2017 plan were considered to be transformative.

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