Sweden Mid-Term Report 2016-2018
Sweden’s third action plan marks an improvement over its prior plans with a broadened focus that covers foreign aid, digital government, access to documents, and consultation. The next action plan could improve through wider consultation and clearer commitments.
|✪1. Digital First programme and public document access||A whole-of-government approach to improve public access to documents and data at all levels||
|2. Aid effectiveness||Promoting civic space and government-CSO dialogue in Sweden and beyond||
|3. CSO dialogue||New working method to bring expert voices into dialogue on key issues||
* Commitment is evaluated by the IRM as specific, relevant, and has a transformative potential impact.
Sweden’s consultations largely occurred during other forums on aid and government digital services. This is not inherently a problem, but there is no central forum for the intersectoral discussion and promotion of open government.
|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:
Most of Sweden’s commitments are highly relevant and innovative, but several lack verifiability and a clear results-orientation. However, the verifiable activities seem to be proceeding according to schedule.
- Consult a more diverse range of CSOs, provide systematic and more concrete feedback to consultation participants, and commission external evaluations of the dialogue process.
- Develop systems to prioritise high-value data releases in more sectors; monitor use and effects.
- Set concrete targets and indicators for the digitisation of the public sector, make provisions for inclusiveness and privacy, and adopt a clear open data remit for the Digital First programme.
- Develop a formal and regular consultation mechanism to facilitate meaningful dialogue on the OGP commitments.
- Improve progress monitoring of the Policy for Global Development (PGU).