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OGP Forum (DK0060)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Denmark Action Plan 2017-2019

Action Plan Cycle: 2017

Status: Inactive

Institutions

Lead Institution: The Danish Ministry of Finance

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

OGP, Public Participation

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: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion:

Description

Table 11 Commitment 3.3 Open Government Partnership Forum / OGP Forum November 2017 – June 2018 Lead implementing agency/actor The Danish Ministry of Finance What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Denmark’s participation in OGP is currently coordinated by the Danish Agency for Digitisation. To create a better framework for a common effort and build a platform for dialogue with civil society, it is necessary to establish a forum that can facilitate a dialogue between the state and civil society, in which Denmark’s participation in OGP can be discussed. What is the commitment? As part of the implementation of the action plan, a forum will be established consisting of stakeholders from civil society and possibly ministries and/or local governments. The forum will be entrusted with the task of contributing regularly with input to Denmark’s participation in OGP at a strategic level as well as in relation to the development and evaluation of the Open Government action plans. How will the commitment contribute to solve the public problem? By setting up a formal forum, a framework is established to support a close and continuous dialogue between the state and civil society about Denmark’s participation in OGP. Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? The forum will contribute to openness and civic participation related to Denmark’s Open Government activities. Additional information Milestone activity with a verifiable deliverable Start date End date Identification of potential members August 2017 4th quarter 2017 Dialogue with potential members End of 2017 1st quarter 2018 Establishment of forum 1st quarter 2018 2nd quarter 2018 Start-up meeting - Mid-2018

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 11: Open Government Partnership Forum / OGP Forum

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

"As part of the implementation of the action plan, a forum will be established consisting of stakeholders from civil society and possibly ministries and/or local governments. The forum will be entrusted with the task of contributing regularly with input to Denmark's participation in OGP at a strategic level as well as in relation to the development and evaluation of the Open Government action plans."

Milestones:

11.1 Identification of potential members

11.2 Dialogue with potential members

11.3 Establishment of forum

11.4 Start-up meeting

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/, p. 25.

Context and Objectives

This commitment seeks to strengthen dialogue between the government and civil society on Denmark's involvement in OGP. The commitment will create a multi-stakeholder forum to serve as a platform for open network meetings. The forum would involve both the state and members of civil society to discuss Denmark's involvement in OGP. The inclusion of this commitment in Denmark's 2017–2019 action plan follows up on a previous IRM recommendation to promote regular stakeholder meetings to assure stakeholder ownership of OGP values and challenges.[Note : Mads Kæmsgaard Eberholst, "Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) Progress Report 2014–2015: Denmark," Independent Reporting Mechanism, https://en.digst.dk/media/17717/26-denmark_irm-progress-report-2014-15_final_eng.pdf, p. 51.]

In terms of relevance to OGP values, the commitment aims to strengthen civic participation by providing a regular forum for citizen views on government initiatives.

As written, the milestones related to the creation of the multi-stakeholder forum and the inclusion of civil society can be verified. However, the commitment text could further specify how potential members will be identified and the rules for participating.

While civil society representatives have welcomed the establishment of the forum, they expressed concern that the dialogue primarily involves coordination rather than issues of high political relevance, such as the freedom of information act.[Note : Niels Erik Kaaber Rasmussen (Open Knowledge Denmark), interview by IRM researcher, 1 November 2018. ]

The IRM researcher deems the potential impact to be minor. The forum largely provides a formalisation and regularisation of engagement with civil society—one that is expected by OGP—rather than significant change. Furthermore, in this forum, civil society representatives are expected to provide input on the OGP process, rather than contribute to setting or changing its agenda. Thus, the scope of the change from their involvement is limited.

Next steps

· This commitment has concluded with the launch of the first multi-stakeholder forum on 22 August 2018. Therefore, it does not need to be carried forward in the next action plan.

· However, the IRM researcher recommends that future forums include discussion on the role and relevance of the forum and its ambition (e.g., high-policy versus low-policy issues).

· While the IRM calls for the forum to be held at least every quarter (see Annex I), minutes from the first forum indicate that participants wish to meet only around concrete activities (e.g., action plans and evaluations).[Note : "Notat," Danish Agency for Digitisation, 23 August 2018, https://digst.dk/media/17855/34-referat-fra-ogp-netvaerksmoede-d-22-august.pdf. ] The IRM researcher suggests that the Agency for Digitisation clarify on its website how often it expects the forum to meet moving forward, within the local Danish context.


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