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Dilemma Logic (NL0029)



Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Information Council (VoRa)

Support Institution(s): VNG, IPO SCP, EUR, NSOB, WRR

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Pending IRM Review

Relevant to OGP Values: Not Relevant

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Dilemma logic
1 July 2018 - 30 June 2020
Main action owner (organisation) Information Council (VoRa)?
Description of the action point
Which social issue does the action point seek to address? • Dissatisfaction among citizens and entrepreneurs about government policy reveals a need for more recognition of public unease about the reasons behind government interference, the considerations and the steps on which policy, implementation and compliance are based.
What is the action point? • Awareness of the need to pay attention to dilemmas at an early stage and how to communicate this when developing policy (‘dilemma logic’).
• Professionalisation of the presentation of dilemmas and the presence of administrators and civil servants
• The initial focus is on national government, after which the initiative will be rolled out to other levels of government.
How will the action point contribute to remedying the social issue? • Perceived incentive for the fairness (procedural justice) of government actions
• Better recognition of how and why government actions are taken in all phases of policy preparation
• Extension of the repertoire of action, on paper (letters, memoranda) and in dialogues and personal contacts
• Appreciative appeal to skills and job satisfaction.
Why is this action point relevant to OGP values? • Working with dilemmas contributes to a much earlier release of information, improving the quality of the information that is released, improving the accessibility of information and the right to information.
• The action point reinforces some basic professional qualities and thus the pride and motives of public professionals
• It helps to create a constructive atmosphere for community organisations.
• It strengthens the tool set / repertoire for public accountability.
Additional information The SGO attaches great importance to strengthening the presentation of dilemmas and considerations (see for example ‘Van wens naar daad’ (From desire to action)). The Information Council (VoRa) has included this topic as a priority in its Gemeenschappelijk Jaarprogramma 2018 (Joint Annual Programme for 2018).
Milestone with a verifiable result (please note: SMART) Start date: End date:
Phase 1: exploration at ministries:
- workshops; education
- case studies (pilots)
- research tools (evidence)
- preparing a guideline for ministries 01 February 2018 01 January 2019
Phase 2: deeper development:
- embedding in training courses, procedures for ministries and for the entire national government
- learning network on
- Information afternoon at the Academie voor Overheidscommunicatie (Academy of Government Information and Communication) (also for local authorities) 01 September 2018 01 September 2019
Phase 3: broader development:
- Guideline for local authorities
- Transfer of knowledge and skills 01 November 2018 01 January 2020
Contact information
Name of the responsible person representing the main action owner Guido Rijnja
Position, organisational unit Communication policy adviser with the Dutch Government Information Service (RVD)
Email, phone number, +31(0)6-46875112Other actors involved Authorities involved

Other organisations or bodies (such as community organisations or the private sector) SCP, EUR, NSOB, WRR


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