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Raising Public Awareness About Parliamentary Democracy (GE0093)

Overview

At-a-Glance

Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active

Institutions

Lead Institution: Parliament of Georgia

Support Institution(s): Initiator: GIZ Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Project; GYLA; IDFI; UNDP; Amiran Janjghava, Rustavi City Council Member

Policy Areas

E-Government, Legislative, Legislature, Open Regulations, Sustainable Development Goals

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information , Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review

Description

5. Raising Public Awareness about Parliamentary Democracy
Lead Agency Parliament of Georgia

Partners Public Institution Initiator: Parliament of Georgia
Civil/International/Private Sector Initiator: GIZ Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Project; GYLA; IDFI; UNDP; Amiran Janjghava, Rustavi City Council Member
Current Situation and Challenges A large part of the public in Georgia is not fully informed about the activities of the Parliament and its systemic reforms. This greatly impedes the establishment of democratic and inclusive governance. To solve this problem, the Parliament of Georgia must develop a communication strategy involving the organization of various events, such as information campaigns and public meetings, use of social networks (e.g. Facebook) and production of informational materials. An awareness raising campaign on parliamentary activities will promote the formation of an informed society and more active citizen engagement in the lawmaking process. This will also significantly increase public trust towards the legislative authority.

Main Objective

Raising public awareness about the Parliament and its openness and promoting citizen engagement in parliamentary activities.
OGP Challenge Improving Citizen Engagement

OGP Principles Access to Information
Accountability
Citizen Engagement
Technology and Innovation

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Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) the Commitment addresses Goal 16 and Goal 17

Milestones New/Old Commitment Start Date End Date
1. Development and approval of the communications strategy and action plan of the Permanent Parliamentary Open Governance Council (GYLA) 08/2018 12/2018
2. Determining the frequency of direct TV and Radio broadcasting for Parliamentary Committee and Plenary Sessions (Parliament of Georgia) 10/2018 06/2019
3. Dissemination of information about parliamentary services available to citizens, including services adapted to people with special needs (Parliament of Georgia, UNDP, IDFI) 09/2018 Carried out Systematically
4. Development of a concept for social network communication of the Parliament of Georgia (IDFI) 09/2018 11/2018
5. Production and dissemination of informational materials (comics, flyers, video clips), including materials adapted to people with special needs about the Parliament and its activities (Parliament of Georgia, GIZ Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Project) 09/2018 12/2019
6. Organizing informational meetings with students and youth organizations – Day of the Parliament in Universities (Parliament of Georgia) 10/2018 Carried out Systematically
7. Keeping statistics on citizen comments and petitions. Granting points to active citizens (e.g. 1 point per comment) and publishing a rating of most active citizens on the Parliament website (Amiran Janjghava, Rustavi City Council member) 10/2018 12/2019
8. Establishing the ‘Active Citizen’ award for citizens who are actively involved in the activities of the Parliament through various instruments: comments, electronic petitions, attendance at committee hearings (Amiran Janjghava, Rustavi City Council member) 10/2018 12/2019
Indicators
Activity 1 (GYLA) • The Communications Strategy and Action Plan of the Permanent Parliamentary Open Governance Council define communication priorities and main activities for at least 2 years.
Activity 2 (Parliament of Georgia) • The law has been amended to determine the frequency of direct TV and radio broadcasting of Parliamentary Committee and Plenary Sessions.
Activity 3 (Parliament of Georgia, UNDP, IDFI) • Information about adapted parliamentary services has been prepared and disseminated.
• Information meetings have been held with stakeholders about access to parliamentary services.
Activity 4 (IDFI) • The concept for social network communication has been elaborated.
Activity 5 (Parliament of Georgia, GIZ Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Project) • Information materials about the Parliament and its activities have been produced and disseminated through the Parliament website, social media and various institutions (Public Service Halls, Schools, etc.).
Activity 6 (Parliament of Georgia) • At least 5 meetings have been held in Tbilisi and the regions.
Activity 7 (Amiran Janjgava, Rustavi City Council Member) • A rating of citizen activity has been created and published on the Parliament website.
Activity 8 (Amiran Janjgava, Rustavi City Council Member) • The Active Citizen Award has been established by the Order of the Parliamentary Speaker.
• At least 1 citizen has been awarded.

IRM Midterm Status Summary

Commitment 28: Raising Public Awareness about Parliamentary Democracy

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

“A large part of the public in Georgia is not fully informed about the activities of the Parliament and its systemic reforms. This greatly impedes the establishment of democratic and inclusive governance. To solve this problem, the Parliament of Georgia must develop a communication strategy involving the organization of various events, such as information campaigns and public meetings, use of social networks (e.g. Facebook) and production of informational materials. An awareness raising campaign on parliamentary activities will promote the formation of an informed society and more active citizen engagement in the lawmaking process. This will also significantly increase public trust towards the legislative authority.”

Milestones: 

  1. Development and approval of the communications strategy and action plan of the Permanent Parliamentary Open Governance Council (GYLA)
  2. Determining the frequency of direct TV and Radio broadcasting for Parliamentary Committee and Plenary Sessions (Parliament of Georgia)
  3. Dissemination of information about parliamentary services available to citizens, including services adapted to people with special needs (Parliament of Georgia, UNDP, IDFI)
  4. Development of a concept for social network communication of the Parliament of Georgia (IDFI)
  5. Production and dissemination of informational materials (comics, flyers, video clips), including materials adapted to people with special needs about the Parliament and its activities (Parliament of Georgia, GIZ Eastern Partnership Parliamentary Project)
  6. Organizing informational meetings with students and youth organizations – Day of the Parliament in Universities (Parliament of Georgia)
  7. Keeping statistics on citizen comments and petitions. Granting points to active citizens (e.g. 1 point per comment) and publishing a rating of most active citizens on the Parliament website (Amiran Janjghava, Rustavi City Council member)
  8. Establishing the ‘Active Citizen’ award for citizens who are actively involved in the activities of the Parliament through various instruments: comments, electronic petitions, attendance at committee hearings (Amiran Janjghava, Rustavi City Council member)

Start Date: August 2018

End Date: December 2019

Editorial note: For the full text of this commitment, please see https://www.opengovpartnership.org/documents/georgia-action-plan-2018-2019/.

Context and Objectives

Large amounts of information are published on Georgia’s parliamentary webpage and social media channels, but the way information is framed and delivered is not always useful or engaging for citizens. Accordingly, this commitment comprises eight milestones with a collective goal of raising public awareness about Parliament as an institution, its activities, and recent open government reforms.

According to an interviewed Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association (GYLA) representative, [148] Parliament has already institutionalized several mechanisms that provide opportunities for citizens to become more informed and engaged in decision making. [149] However, there was a need to increase public awareness about the opportunities that Parliament provides under the OGP framework. Hence, in efforts initiated by GYLA and supported by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information, Parliament has committed to develop an Open Governance Permanent Parliamentary Council communication strategy and an action plan. The plan will provide a framework for institutionalizing a communication approach as well as particular steps for 2019–2020.

Along with the communication strategy, Parliament also plans to develop several conceptual documents and informational materials to maximize utilization of communication channels. These channels include direct TV and radio broadcasting for committee hearings and plenaries, social networking, information booklets, flyers, and short videos. The commitment also envisions targeted informational meetings with students and youth organizations, as well as dissemination of information about the available parliamentary services. Such services include those adapted to people with special needs. Finally, Parliament plans to introduce an Active Citizen award for those who are most actively involved in parliamentary activities, including attendance at committee hearings, online comments, petitions, and more. To do this, Parliament will collect statistical data relevant to citizen participation and proactively publish the rating of the most active citizens in the country.

The commitment’s activities generally aim to make information on Parliament more accessible and raise public awareness about Parliament. Thus, it is relevant to the OGP value of access to information. Additionally, the Active Citizen award seeks to promote greater public engagement with Parliament, making the commitment also relevant to civic participation. Overall, the potential impact of this commitment could be minor. Each activity could be a positive step forward to improve the various communication channels of Parliament. According to the stakeholders, [150] in general, the implementation of this commitment could increase public awareness about parliamentary activities and opportunities, and it might also stimulate higher participation in OGP-related activities, such as action plan elaboration. It could also improve overall engagement in the parliamentary processes through the utilization of various mechanisms that have been created under the OGP framework. [151]

Next steps

The IRM researcher recommends the following:

  • Elaborate an evaluation mechanism that will assess the effectiveness and overall impact of the commitment. This could include developing a methodology that will enable analysis of aggregate data collected through various sources, such as online participation, mobile application, [152] the Civic Engagement Center, [153] and other participation channels.
  • Parliament should expand its communication channels to the regions nationwide through direct communication and various public outreach campaigns.

Make the commitment more ambitious and comprehensive. Elaborate the communication policy and strategy of the Parliament, setting the general institutional framework for external communication and defining specific goals, objectives, and communication channels of Parliament as an institution. The milestones under this commitment would represent a part of the Parliament’s institutional communication policy and strategy. Further, the milestones would contribute to the implementation of the Parliament’s strategic goal to raise public awareness of and participation in the decision making.

[148] Nino Tsukhishvili, Parliamentary Secretary, Georgian Young Lawyers’ Association, phone interview with IRM researcher, 5 July 2019.

[149] Tsukhishvili phone interview, July 2019.

[150] Tsukhishvili phone interview, July 2019.

[151] Tsukhishvili phone interview, July 2019.

[152] Commitment 26, Georgia national action plan 2018–2019, https://bit.ly/2XLXiju.

[153] Commitment 27, Georgia national action plan 2018–2019, https://bit.ly/2XLXiju.


Commitments

  1. Improved Public Services

    GE0066, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Citizen Engagement Platform

    GE0067, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. Unified Authentication System

    GE0068, 2018, E-Government

  4. Economic Governance

    GE0069, 2018, E-Government

  5. Environment Portal

    GE0070, 2018, E-Government

  6. Strengthen Anti-Corruption Institutions

    GE0071, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  7. Monitor SDGs

    GE0072, 2018, Capacity Building

  8. Citizen Engagement Legislation

    GE0073, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  9. Publish Court Decisions

    GE0074, 2018, E-Government

  10. Increasing Transparency of the Ministry of Internal Affairs

    GE0075, 2018, E-Government

  11. Citizen Participation in Public Finance

    GE0076, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  12. Transparent Public Funding System

    GE0077, 2018, Fiscal Openness

  13. Public Procurement Improvements

    GE0078, 2018, Access to Information

  14. Housing Policy Planning

    GE0079, 2018, Land & Spatial Planning

  15. Openness and Accountability of State-Owned Enterprises

    GE0080, 2018, E-Government

  16. Transparency and Good Governance

    GE0081, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  17. Open Data Collection and Publication

    GE0082, 2018, Access to Information

  18. Participation for Disabled Individuals

    GE0083, 2018, Infrastructure & Transport

  19. Participatory Budgeting

    GE0084, 2018, Capacity Building

  20. Your Idea for the Zugdidi Mayor

    GE0085, 2018, Capacity Building

  21. Electronic Services

    GE0086, 2018, E-Government

  22. I. Gov. Zugdidi

    GE0087, 2018, Capacity Building

  23. Service and Citizen Satisfaction Assessment

    GE0088, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Promoting and Monitoring SDGs

    GE0089, 2018, Legislative

  25. Citizen Involvement in Budget

    GE0090, 2018, E-Government

  26. Technology for Transparency

    GE0091, 2018, E-Government

  27. Citizen Engagement Center

    GE0092, 2018, Capacity Building

  28. Raising Public Awareness About Parliamentary Democracy

    GE0093, 2018, E-Government

  29. Electronic Innovations for More Transparency and Efficiency of Public Procurement

    GE0056, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  30. Starred commitment Adoption of the Environmental Assessment Code

    GE0057, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  31. Introduction of a Mobile App as an Alternative Channel to Connect to “112”

    GE0058, 2016, E-Government

  32. Development of Local Councils for Crime Prevention

    GE0059, 2016, Justice

  33. Development of a Guidebook for Economic Agents

    GE0060, 2016, Capacity Building

  34. Development and Introduction of the Quality Control Program of Commercial Service

    GE0061, 2016, Capacity Building

  35. Presentation of Company Reports in an Electronic Form and Provision of Their Accessibility

    GE0062, 2016, Capacity Building

  36. Introduction of an Electronic Petition Portal and “Zugdidi-INFO” on the Webpage of Zugdidi Municipality Assembly

    GE0063, 2016, Capacity Building

  37. Transparency of Ozurgeti Municipality Assembly Meetings

    GE0064, 2016, Capacity Building

  38. Creation of Electronic Mechanism for Local Budget Planning in Kutaisi, Ozurgeti, Batumi and Akhaltsikhe

    GE0065, 2016, E-Government

  39. Adapting the Public Service Hall to the Needs of the People with Disabilities

    GE0042, 2016, Capacity Building

  40. Launch of the Unified Healthcare System Information Portal

    GE0043, 2016, Capacity Building

  41. Introduction of Electronic Licensing System in the Field of Natural Resources Application

    GE0044, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  42. Creation of Spatial (Geographic) Data Web-Portal for the Energy Sector

    GE0045, 2016, Capacity Building

  43. Creation of Innovation Ecosystem

    GE0046, 2016, Capacity Building

  44. Electronic Portal for Registering and Disposal of State Property – Customer’S Module

    GE0047, 2016, E-Government

  45. Development of the Freedom of Information Law

    GE0048, 2016, Access to Information

  46. Development of a Monitoring and Assessment System of the Government Policy and Legislative Acts

    GE0049, 2016, Capacity Building

  47. Starred commitment Introduction of the Public Officials’ Asset Declarations Monitoring System

    GE0050, 2016, Anti-Corruption

  48. Establishing Unified Regulations to Publish Court Decisions

    GE0051, 2016, Judiciary

  49. Development of Transparency and Integrity Strategy and Action Plan in the Field of Regional Development and Infrastructure

    GE0052, 2016, Capacity Building

  50. Improvement of the Database of the Convicted and Transfer of the Penitentiary Department Entirely Onto the Electronic Workflow Management

    GE0053, 2016, Capacity Building

  51. Publication of Phone Tapping Data According to the Nature of the Crime and Geographic Area

    GE0054, 2016, E-Government

  52. Starred commitment Increasing Citizen Participation in Supervision of Public Finances (Public Audit)

    GE0055, 2016, Capacity Building

  53. "Voice of the Consumer"

    GE0013, 2014, Public Participation

  54. JUSTdrive

    GE0014, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  55. Educational Services

    GE0015, 2014, Education

  56. Citizen's Portal (Www.Mygov.Ge)

    GE0016, 2014, Capacity Building

  57. Transformation of Public Libraries for Regional Development

    GE0017, 2014, Capacity Building

  58. Digital Signature and Online Authentication

    GE0018, 2014, E-Government

  59. Open Data Portal (Data.Gov.Ge)

    GE0019, 2014, Access to Information

  60. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Draft

    GE0020, 2014, Access to Information

  61. Georgia's OGP Forum

    GE0021, 2014, Public Participation

  62. I-Change.Ge

    GE0022, 2014, E-Government

  63. Transparency of Public Service Recruitment

    GE0023, 2014, E-Government

  64. Asset Declaration Monitoring System

    GE0024, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  65. Starred commitment Political Party Financial Declarations

    GE0025, 2014, Access to Information

  66. Accessibility of Ministry of Interior's Webpage to People with Special Needs

    GE0026, 2014, E-Government

  67. Starred commitment Proactive Publishing of Surveillance Data

    GE0027, 2014, Civic Space

  68. Public Awareness of the Electoral Process

    GE0028, 2014, Capacity Building

  69. Transparency of Budgetary Processes

    GE0029, 2014, E-Government

  70. Electronic System of Procurement

    GE0030, 2014, Anti-Corruption

  71. Digital Human Resource Management System

    GE0031, 2014, E-Government

  72. Digital Preservation System: E-Archive

    GE0032, 2014, E-Government

  73. Openness and Accessibility of National Archives

    GE0033, 2014, E-Government

  74. Electronic Catalogues of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) Archives

    GE0034, 2014, E-Government

  75. Public Finance Management System

    GE0035, 2014, E-Government

  76. Alternative Channels to "112"

    GE0036, 2014, E-Government

  77. Interactive Statistics and Crime Mapping

    GE0037, 2014, E-Government

  78. Travel Insurance Services

    GE0038, 2014, Citizenship & Immigration

  79. State Property Registration

    GE0039, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  80. Development of Community Centers in Georgia

    GE0040, 2014, E-Government

  81. Introduction of e-Governance in Local Self-Governments

    GE0041, 2014, E-Government

  82. Public Service Hall-Hub of Public Services

    GE0001, 2012, Access to Justice

  83. e-Governance in Local Governments

    GE0002, 2012, E-Government

  84. Citizens’ Portal

    GE0003, 2012, E-Government

  85. Easily Accessible and Better Healthcare

    GE0004, 2012, E-Government

  86. Launch Ichange.Ge and Data.Gov.Ge

    GE0005, 2012, E-Government

  87. Platform for Participating in the Legislative Process

    GE0006, 2012, E-Government

  88. Citizens and Justice

    GE0007, 2012, Access to Justice

  89. Starred commitment Transparent Party Financing

    GE0008, 2012, Political Integrity

  90. Home-Grown Concept of E-Procurement

    GE0009, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  91. e-Declarations

    GE0010, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  92. Technology Cares for Safety: ICCMS, Crime Mapping, and Safety in Your Neighbourhood

    GE0011, 2012, E-Government

  93. NGO Forum

    GE0012, 2012, Capacity Building

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