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Information Portal for Day-Care Facilities (DK0052)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Denmark Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs

Support Institution(s): Local Government Denmark, The Ministry of Education

Policy Areas

E-Government, Public Service Delivery

IRM Review

IRM Report: Denmark Design Report 2017–2019

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

What is the public problem that the commitment will address?: Today, parents only have access to small amounts and often non-comparable data about individual day-care facilities and childminders. This means that parents often have an insufficient basis for comparing day-care facilities when looking for the facility that best suits their child and family.; What is the commitment?: One unified platform will be developed in the form of an information portal that collects data from local governments and day-care facilities across the country and presents this data publicly and easily accessible, i.e. in so-called dashboards, so that parents can make an informed decision based on the factors that matter the most to their family. The development of the information portal will be done in several stages: A feasibility study will be carried out in autumn 2017 to identify the information about day-care facilities that are most in demand, and whether they can be integrated into the portal. The results of the pre-analysis will be available in October 2017. Once the results of the feasibility study are available and a decision has been made as to which types of information the portal is to show, the technical development of the portal will commence. This development is expected to run from the end of 2017 up to and including the first six months of 2018. The intent is to launch the information portal before the end of the 3rd quarter of 2018 with selected key figures for information broken down at municipal level. Continuous efforts will be undertaken to make the information available at institution level as well and, where possible, at unit level. However, in order to succeed, existing data from various registers will need to be compiled accurately. It is expected that an institutional register can be established during 2019.; How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem?: The platform aims to increase transparency and openness by making available relevant key figures about individual day-care facilities. The objective of the information portal is to ensure that families get access to comparable information about individual day-care facilities. At the same time, the information portal will make prioritising easier and promote goal-oriented management of the day-care facility sector by local-government managers and decision-makers; Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?: The information portal ensures that comparable data is available in one place and displayed in an easy and user-friendly manner. This will help promote transparency about day-care facilities. Accordingly, citizens will be able to make an informed decision on the basis of information about the public administration.; Additional information: Link to the comprehensive day-care facility agreement, which outlines all the initiatives: https://www.regeringen.dk/publikationer-og-aftaletekster/staerke-dagtilbud-alleboern-skal-med-i-faellesskabet/

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 3: Information portals for day-care facilities

Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:

"One unified platform will be developed in the form of an information portal that collects data from local governments and day-care facilities across the country and presents this data publicly and easily accessible, i.e. in so-called dashboards, so that parents can make an informed decision based on the factors that matter the most to their family.

The development of the information portal will be done in several stages:

A feasibility study will be carried out in autumn 2017 to identify the information about day-care facilities that are most in demand, and whether they can be integrated into the portal. The results of the pre-analysis will be available in October 2017.

Once the results of the feasibility study are available and a decision has been made as to which types of information the portal is to show, the technical development of the portal will commence. This development is expected to run from the end of 2017 up to and including the first six months of 2018.

The intent is to launch the information portal before the end of the 3rd quarter of 2018 with selected key figures for information broken down at municipal level.

Continuous efforts will be undertaken to make the information available at institution level as well and, where possible, at unit level. However, in order to succeed, existing data from various registers will need to be compiled accurately. It is expected that an institutional register can be established during 2019."

Milestones:

3.1 Preliminary analysis

3.2 Technical development of the portal

3.3 Launch of the daytime childcare portal

3.4 Establishment of the new daytime childcare register

Start Date: July 2017

End Date: 2019

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, see "The Danish OGP National Action Plan 2017–2019," Danish Agency for Digitisation, https://en.digst.dk/policy-and-strategy/open-government/open-government-partnership-ogp-action-plan/, pp. 11–12.

Context and Objectives

On 9 June 2017, the Danish People's Party, the Social Democratic Party, and the Social Liberal Party joined in an agreement called "Stronger day care options—all children must be part of the collective." The agreement contains 24 initiatives (from three focus areas) intended to give families with children more flexibility and choice. The three areas of emphasis are (a) increased flexibility and choice, (b) the welfare and learning of children, and (c) professionalism and clear leadership.

Commitment 3 of Denmark's 2017–2019 action plan constitutes one element of the "Stronger day care options" agreement, emphasising that day-care facilities must "contribute to safe and good conditions for families, safe and stimulating teaching environments and coherent progress for the children."[Note : "Stærkere Dagtilbud—Alle Børn Skal Med i Fællesskabet," the Danish Government, 27 April 2017, https://www.regeringen.dk/publikationer-og-aftaletekster/staerke-dagtilbud-alle-boern-skal-med-i-faellesskabet/. ] This agreement gives day-care facilities roles as active agents in making sure parents can access information on the institution that is best suited for their families.

The commitment aims to develop a common platform that will collect data from municipal and day-care institutions across the country. This data will be presented on publicly available and easily accessible portals, called dashboards. With this data, parents will be able to choose day care based on sufficient information. Through the platform, the government intends to provide transparency and give access to open data. It also hopes to provide a better communication method for relevant information on day-care institutions. The initiative is relevant to the current domestic political debate, as the quality of welfare institutions (including day care, elderly care, health care) and the corresponding level of taxation is a vigorously debated topic.[Note : Morten Nielsen, "Fire Tiltag og en Milliard Kroner Skal Gøre Børns Første 1000 Dage Bedre," Tv2, 24 August 2018,

http://nyheder.tv2.dk/politik/2018-08-24-fire-tiltag-og-en-milliard-kroner-skal-goere-boerns-foerste-1000-dage-bedre. ]

In terms of OGP values, this commitment increases the public's access to information by providing further details on day-care choices. It also employs technology and innovation to increase transparency and accountability. The commitment is not coded as relevant to civic participation, as the data for the day-care portal does not appear to have been gathered through consultation with the public.

The commitment is verifiable, as the main milestone concerns the establishment of the day-care information portal. There could be more specificity in the milestones, however, regarding the technical development of the portal and the preliminary analysis. Further, it is not clear which stakeholders are responsible for developing and completing the different stages and milestones of the initiative.

The Ministry for Children and Social Affairs has been collaborating with Local Government Denmark and the Union of Pedagogues in the development and implementation of this initiative. (In the future, other OGP initiatives could follow this example of local-national collaboration.) The single-issue focus on day care may stimulate interest among the general population in this particular initiative. Thus, for future OGP commitments, this initiative could also be a model for engaging civil society in a more dynamic way than through general digitisation initiatives.

The IRM researcher considers the potential impact of the commitment to be moderate. The provision of data from local governments and day-care facilities may improve access to information and make it easier for parents across the country to make informed decisions about day-care facilities. Moreover, the commitment corresponds to a theme that is of high importance in Danish society. Thus, it is relevance to the Danish national action plan and to OGP's involvement overall.

Next steps

The IRM researcher recommends the following:

· Increase cooperation between the Ministry for Children and Social Affairs and the Agency for Digitisation, to unify various data-driven initiatives and develop a single platform that may provide comparable information across various welfare issues (e.g., day care, health care, elderly care).

· Invite Local Government Denmark representatives to the multi-stakeholder forum to ensure that the Danish OGP process has consistent input from the decentralised level.

· Since the commitment is virtually completed, the IRM researcher does not recommend that it be carried forward into the next action plan. The IRM researcher does recommend, however, that this commitment's model—with its focus on a single issue of political and social relevance to the wider population—be used as inspiration for future initiatives in Danish OGP action plans.


Commitments

  1. Open Data for Citizens and Media

    DK0050, 2017, E-Government

  2. Data Registers on a Shared Public Distribution Platform

    DK0051, 2017, E-Government

  3. Information Portal for Day-Care Facilities

    DK0052, 2017, E-Government

  4. Open Data and Smart City Forum

    DK0053, 2017, Capacity Building

  5. Open Data DK

    DK0054, 2017, Capacity Building

  6. Overview of Own Cases and Benefits

    DK0055, 2017, E-Government

  7. Nationwide Deployment of Telemedicine

    DK0056, 2017, E-Government

  8. My Log

    DK0057, 2017, E-Government

  9. Civil Society National Strategy

    DK0058, 2017, Marginalized Communities

  10. Report a Rule

    DK0059, 2017, E-Government

  11. OGP Forum

    DK0060, 2017, OGP

  12. Denmark’S Country Program for Uganda

    DK0061, 2017, Aid

  13. The 18Th International Anti-Corruption Conference

    DK0062, 2017, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  14. IATI (International Aid Transparency Initiative)

    DK0063, 2017, Aid

  15. Service Check of Local Government Consultations

    DK0034, 2014, Public Participation

  16. Call on All Municipalities to Facilitate Advance Voting

    DK0035, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  17. Letter of Invitation to First-Time Voters Urging Them to Vote

    DK0036, 2014, Marginalized Communities

  18. User Friendliness Requirements Regarding Digital Self-Service Solutions

    DK0037, 2014, Capacity Building

  19. Plan for Inclusion During the Transition to Digital Communication

    DK0038, 2014, Capacity Building

  20. Common Public Sector Digital Communication Campaign

    DK0039, 2014, Capacity Building

  21. Principles for Collaboration on the Modernisation of the Public Sector as Well as the Establishment of a Centre for Public Innovation

    DK0040, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. “Free Municipality” Pilot Projects

    DK0041, 2014, Subnational

  23. Recommendations from Growth Teams

    DK0042, 2014, Private Sector

  24. Strategy for Digital Welfare

    DK0043, 2014, E-Government

  25. Implementation of a New Charter for Interaction Between Volunteer Denmark/Associations Denmark and the Public Sector

    DK0044, 2014, Civic Space

  26. “Open Data Innovation Strategy” (ODIS)

    DK0045, 2014, Capacity Building

  27. Data Distributor for the Distribution of Basic Data

    DK0046, 2014, Open Data

  28. Open Government Camp 2014

    DK0047, 2014, Capacity Building

  29. Open Government Assistance to Myanmar

    DK0048, 2014, Aid

  30. Opening Key Public Datasets

    DK0049, 2014, Capacity Building

  31. Online Open Government Partnership Community

    DK0001, 2012, E-Government

  32. Online OGP Handbook for Public Authorities and Institutions

    DK0002, 2012, E-Government

  33. Starred commitment Management Labs and New Forms of Co-Operation

    DK0003, 2012, Public Participation

  34. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Design Aid Programmes

    DK0004, 2012, Aid

  35. Innovate with Aarhus

    DK0005, 2012, Capacity Building

  36. Citizen Self-Services: Increasing the Use of User Ratings in the Citizen’s Port Borger.Dk

    DK0006, 2012, E-Government

  37. Open Government Camp

    DK0007, 2012, OGP

  38. Renewed Effort for Open Government Data

    DK0008, 2012, E-Government

  39. Regional Initiative on Open Data

    DK0009, 2012, Open Data

  40. Reuse of Open Source Software in the Public Sector

    DK0010, 2012, E-Government

  41. Citizen Self-Services: Binding Guidelines for Self-Service Solutions

    DK0011, 2012, Capacity Building

  42. Citizen Self-Services: Guidance and Information on Accessibility to Digital Solutions

    DK0012, 2012, E-Government

  43. Citizen Self-Services: Peer-To-Peer Learning Programmes to Help Citizens Use Digital Self-Service

    DK0013, 2012, Capacity Building

  44. Citizen Self-Services: Location-Based Content and Re-Use of Content in Borger.Dk

    DK0014, 2012, E-Government

  45. Less Reporting Through Increased Re-Use of Key Data

    DK0015, 2012, E-Government

  46. Mypage” for Businesses

    DK0016, 2012, E-Government

  47. Companies to Be “Born Digitally”

    DK0017, 2012, E-Government

  48. Creating a Mediation and Complaints Institution for Responsible Business Behaviour

    DK0018, 2012, Human Rights

  49. International Human Rights Conference

    DK0019, 2012, Human Rights

  50. Promote Social Responsibility in the Fashion Business

    DK0020, 2012, Private Sector

  51. Reporting on Human Rights and the Climate

    DK0021, 2012, Human Rights

  52. Country by Country Reporting in the Extractive and Forestry Industries

    DK0022, 2012, Extractive Industries

  53. Legislative Principles for the Digital Age

    DK0023, 2012, Legislature

  54. Consolidated Key Data

    DK0024, 2012, E-Government

  55. App Store for Digital Learning Resources

    DK0025, 2012, E-Government

  56. Starred commitment Preparing a Digital Reform of the Public Welfare Areas

    DK0026, 2012, E-Government

  57. Consultation and Transparency of Development Aid Programmes: Transparency in Aid

    DK0027, 2012, Aid

  58. Tracking Progress of Universities’ Transition to Digital-Only Administrative Communication

    DK0028, 2012, Education

  59. Disclosure of Status Reporting From the National IT Project Council

    DK0029, 2012, E-Government

  60. Overview of Public ICT Architecture

    DK0030, 2012, E-Government

  61. Publication of Educational Materials on the Government’s ICT Project Model

    DK0031, 2012, Capacity Building

  62. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Aarhus

    DK0032, 2012, E-Government

  63. Smart Aarhus and Smart Region: Smart Region

    DK0033, 2012, E-Government