Independent Reporting Mechanism – Action Plan Review
Why is this helpful?
The action planAction 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... review is an independent, concise, technical review of the characteristics of the action plan and the strengths and challenges the IRM identifies to inform a stronger implementation process. Action plan contents are reviewed to identify promising commitments and provide targeted recommendations on how to achieve effective implementation and results.
Who is this for?
Country governments, stakeholders, and other participants shape the review through interviews and feedback on a draft and can use this to improve their actions plans.
What is it?
The action plan review contains:
- an overview of the action plan including its characteristics, total number of commitments, policy areas covered, strengths and weaknesses and identifies promising commitments
- an analysis of promising individual or clustered commitments (groups of related commitments in a reform area) including their context and objectives, potential for results and opportunities, as well as challenges and recommendations for implementation
- a review of whether or not the country’s co-creation processCollaboration 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... met the minimum requirementsAll OGP participating countries are expected to adhere to the Participation and Co-Creation Standards. Each Standard includes clear and measurable minimum requirements that all OGP participating count... per OGP’s procedural reviewAccording to OGP’s Articles of Governance, OGP participating countries are expected to consistently and continually advance open government for the well-being of their citizens. This includes develo... policy to act according to process
- a list of all the action plan’s commitments, coded and clustered
When does it happen?
The action plan review commences just after the action plan is submitted to OGP. It is delivered to the government and/or multistakeholder forum within four months.
How do we do it?
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- The IRM team identifies the action plan’s most promising commitments based on clarity, open government values and expected outcomes. The action plan review also assesses the minimum threshold of OGP’s ‘Participation and Co-Creation Standards’ to determine the level of public influence during the co-creation process.
- An IRM researcher interviews in-country stakeholders and the multi-stakeholder forumRegular 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... to validate and deepen the review and assess the potential for results of individual and groups of related commitments. The International Experts Panel or an expert reviewer checks the draft action plan review for quality and accuracy.
- The final draft of the action plan review is shared with the government and/or multi-stakeholder forum for a 21-day pre-publication comment period. The final action plan review is shared with the government/multi-stakeholder forum and published on the member page of the OGP website.
- IRM Guidance – Action Plan Review (Graphic)
- IRM Guidance – Action Plan Review (PDF)
- IRM Guidance – Action Plan Review (TEMPLATE)