Lithuania Design Report 2018-2020
- Action Plan: Lithuania Action Plan 2018-2020
- Report Publication Year: 2019
Commitments in Lithuania’s fourth 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... mostly build on previous initiatives and seek to improve According to OGP’s Articles of Governance, transparency occurs when “government-held information (including on activities and decisions) is open, comprehensive, timely, freely available to the pub... More of the public sector and the quality of public services, among others. Notable commitments include creating an By opening up data and making it sharable and reusable, governments can enable informed debate, better decision making, and the development of innovative new services. Technical specifications: Polici... portal and strengthening the NGO Fund. The Office of the Government developed the action plan with close engagement with civil society. Moving forward, the Office of the Government could better engage with the wider 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... and provide stakeholders with better feedback on proposals gathered during public consultations.
|Table 1. At a glance
Participating since: 2011
Action plan under review: 4
Report type: Design
Number of commitments: 6
Action plan development
Is there a multi-stakeholder forum? Yes
Level of public influence: Involve
Acted contrary to OGP process: No
Action plan design
Commitments relevant to OGP values: 6 (100%)
Transformative commitments: 1 (17%)
Potentially starred commitments: 1 (17%)
Action plan implementation
Starred commitments: N/A
Completed commitments: N/A
Commitments with Major DIOG:* N/A
Commitments with Outstanding DIOG:* N/A
*DIOG: Did It Open Government?
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. Lithuania joined OGP in 2011. Since then, it has implemented three action plans. This report evaluates the design of Lithuania’s fourth action plan.
General overview of action plan
Lithuania enters its fourth action plan with decreasing levels of corruption and fewer citizens paying bribes to get public services. The fourth action plan aims to address deficiencies in open data, manage low levels of 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 decision-making processes, and improve the environment of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs).
To develop the fourth action plan, the Office of the Government launched a multi-stakeholder forum and formed a new OGP working group. Two working group meetings were held in which 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... proposals were actively discussed. However, the Office of the Government did not provide stakeholders with a summary of how proposals submitted during 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... were incorporated into the final action plan.
Four of six commitments in Lithuania’s fourth action plan are carried forward from the previous action plan to continue their implementation. Notable commitments include those creating an open data portal to integrate into the European digital market (Commitment 1) and an NGO fund and database (Commitment 2).
Table 2. Noteworthy commitments
|Status at the end of implementation cycle
|1. Create an open data portal and integrate it into the European digital single market
Create a centrally managed open data portal for government-held data and prepare draft Creating and passing legislation is one of the most effective ways of ensuring open government reforms have long-lasting effects on government practices. Technical specifications: Act of creating or r... for open data operations.
|The government could consult civil society stakeholders to prioritize which data to open and build partnerships with other public-sector institutions to increase the possibility of success.
|Note: this will be assessed at the end of action plan cycle.
|2. Strengthen civic society through the development of NGO database and NGO fund
Establish an NGO database and create an NGO fund to centrally finance NGOs.
|The NGO fund and database have been carried forward from the previous plan. If they remain incomplete at the end of the fourth action plan cycle, the government should assess the reasons for not achieving these goals within the deadlines.
|Note: this will be assessed at the end of action plan cycle.
The IRM recommendations aim to inform the development of the next action plan and guide implementation of the current action plan.
Table 3. Five Key IRM Recommendations
|Empower the members of the multi-stakeholder forum with some level of decision making, rather than only informing them.
|Provide stakeholders and the public with a written summary of how proposals gathered during public consultations are incorporated into the final action plan, including justifications for why proposals are not incorporated.
|Proactively engage stakeholders from public-sector institutions and ensure they know their role when implementing the commitment.
|Have a clear goal, with a clearly defined audience, for every seminar and training.
|Identify the criteria that could indicate the achievement of the commitments and measure their success.