Training regional administration in open government principles (FI0029)
Updating the open government principles in co-operation to also cover the regional administration actors. The material from the open government support package is used in the training as is also especially the experiences and practices of the region’s municipalities.
IRM Midterm Status Summary
7. Organising training to actors of the regional administration about open government principles and ways of working.
Language of the commitment as it appears in the action plan:
“Updating the open government principles in co-operation to also cover the regional administration actors.
The material from the open government support package is used in the training as is also especially the experiences and practices of the region’s municipalities.”[Note : Finland National Action Plan 2017-2019 (in English), https://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/Finland_NAP_2017-2019_EN.pdf.%5D
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Context and Objectives
This commitment seeks to provide regional authorities with information and ways of working for improving participation and influencing opportunities for citizens and making these opportunities user friendly. The commitment seeks to expand principles of open government to cover new administrative structures created by the Regional Government, Health and Social Services Reform. The training package on these issues is organised by the Association of Local and Regional Authorities from March 2018 to December 2019.[Note : Avoin hallinto -uutiskirje/Kesäkuu 2018 https://avoinhallinto.fi/assets/files/2018/07/Uutiskirje-kes%C3%A4kuu-2018.pdf%5D This commitment aims to make use of the best practices and results documented in the open government support package.
The commitment aims to ensure inclusion of regional actors in open government once the regional reform has been implemented. It concerns the inner workings of the government and lacks a public-facing element. Overall, the commitment is not directly relevant to OGP values, as it does not elaborate on the goals of open government cooperation or the training. Therefore, as written, it is unclear what the potential impact this commitment could have in terms of opening government practice.
The IRM researcher recommends either not carrying the commitment forward or increasing the ambition of the commitment by using any new regional administrative structures as a flagship for OGP values and activities.[Note : Minna Sirnö, Head of Arts Promotion Centre Finland, consultation 3.3.2017, p. 24, https://avoinhallinto.fi/assets/files/2017/06/Lausuntoyhteenveto-III-toimintaohjelma.pdf.%5D The ways of working of the regional administration could be based on and mounted to OGP values. If the commitment is carried forward, the government could ensure that it has a clear public-facing element along with specific measurements and milestones that are relevant to OGP values.
Supporting everyone’s possibility to participate.
FI0023, 2017, E-Government
Clear government reforms and services
FI0024, 2017, Fiscal Transparency
Access to information on incorporated public services
FI0025, 2017, Fiscal Transparency
Access to information knowledge in the public administration
FI0026, 2017, Capacity Building
Publishing state procurement data to citizens
FI0027, 2017, E-Government
Regional Reform information
FI0028, 2017, Infrastructure & Transport
Training regional administration in open government principles
FI0029, 2017, Capacity Building
FI0019, 2015, E-Government
Government as an enabler
FI0020, 2015, E-Government
FI0021, 2015, E-Government
Engage Children, Youth, Elderly
FI0022, 2015, Public Participation
Enhancing the openness of preparatory processes
FI0001, 2013, E-Government
Emphasizing dialogue skills in the job descriptions of civil servants
FI0002, 2013, Capacity Building
Strengthening proactive publishing and communication
FI0003, 2013, Capacity Building
Promoting participatory budgeting
FI0004, 2013, Participation in Budget Processes
Increasing openness and customer orientation in ICT and e-services development
FI0005, 2013, E-Government
Increasing the number of open and online meetings
FI0006, 2013, E-Government
Standard language titles and resumes will be drafted of the Government proposals.
FI0007, 2013, Capacity Building
Visualization of decisions
FI0008, 2013, E-Government
Training will be organised for civil servants in use of clear language and plain language in- cluding committing to use of terms already known.
FI0009, 2013, Capacity Building
The comprehensibility of the texts produced by public administration will be tested to- gether with citizens and service users.
FI0010, 2013, Capacity Building
Standardizing and clarifying the terms and concepts used in public administration and ser- vice production.
FI0011, 2013, Capacity Building
The comprehensibility of customer letters and decisions will be enhanced, especially when using standard texts.
FI0012, 2013, Capacity Building
Opening and publishing new data and changing existing open data into a machine- readable form.
FI0013, 2013, Open Data
Clear terms for use of for open data and knowledge
FI0014, 2013, Open Data
Strengthening skills needed to understand combining privacy and open data and strength- ening the citizen’s right to his/her own personal information “the right to be anonymous”
FI0015, 2013, Capacity Building
Tearing down barriers of action of the civil society
FI0016, 2013, Capacity Building
The proactive presence and accessibility of civil servants
FI0017, 2013, Capacity Building
Providing tools and training to organizations
FI0018, 2013, Capacity Building