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Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities (NL0037)



Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Municipality of Schiedam

Support Institution(s): Municipality of Utrecht Leer- en Expertisepunt Open Overheid (Open Government Learning and Expertise Centre)

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Subnational

IRM Review

IRM Report: Netherlands Design Report 2018-2020

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


Pioniersnetwerk Open Overheid voor Gemeenten (Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities)
Start and end dates of the action point: 1 July 2018 - 30 June 2020
Main action owner (organisation) Municipality of Schiedam
Description of the action point
Which social issue does the action point seek to address? • Citizens are entitled to information, but they cannot always easily get what they are entitled to, or they simply cannot find the information. Local residents do not always feel involved with or heard by their municipality. To change this, it is important that efforts are undertaken to make municipalities open and transparent.
• An open and transparent municipality does not come into existence all by itself: it requires a culture of openness where public officials understand the added value of openness and transparency. Achieving this may be challenging and will often call for a pioneering mentality in an organisation.
• The Pioniersnetwerk Open Overheid wants to help with this: it connects these pioneers together to enable them to share knowledge and experiences, to inspire each other and to work together.
What is the action point? • Meetings will be held every three months. The venue can differ from meeting to meeting.
• Each meeting will address different topics and can take on different forms. E.g.: a knowledge session with an expert or an Open Government lab addressing a real-life case study according to Design Thinking. A conference preceded by a call for papers is also possible. Another option is to organise a meeting aimed at residents once a year and invite them to come to the town hall for the meeting.
• Every meeting will have a guest chair. This will be a municipality from the Pioniersnetwerk.
• It should be explored whether/how an online platform might support the pioneering network, or whether this might be done through the website of the LEOO (
How will the action point contribute to remedying the social issue? The goal of the Pioniersnetwerk is to bring together municipal officials who work in the field of Open Government in order to:
• Exchange knowledge, experiences, and best practices;
• Collaborate and develop innovative clout;
• Prevent the ‘reinvention of the wheel’;
• Provide inspiration and energy to make municipalities more open;
• All this will contribute to the ultimate goal: more openness for local residents so that they will have more and better access to information, and feel more involved and heard.
Why is this action point relevant to OGP values? The goal of the pioneering network is to address all OGP topics: transparency and civic participation as well as public accountability. In connection with these OGP values, knowledge will be shared, parties will be working together, more support will be created for Open Government and the skills of government officials will be strengthened, in order to create more openness for residents.

Additional information
Milestone with a verifiable result (please note: SMART) Start date: End date:
Q1-Q2 2018 Preparing concrete plans, writing to municipalities, mapping topics 01/01/2018 29/06/2018
Kicking off the pioneering network 01/09/2018
Eight meetings on specific topics, one every three months (including reports + publication of the reports on 01/10/2018 01/07/2020
Interim evaluation among participating municipalities 01/09/2019 01/11/2019
Online magazine with lessons learned and practical experiences (2x) First edition: Q2 2019 Second edition: Q2 2020
Contact information
Name of the responsible person representing the main action owner Marijn Kuitert and Marlies van den Hende
Position, organisational unit Programme manager and director, municipality of Schiedam
Email and phone number / +31(0)6 50 60 70 51Other actors involved Authorities involved Municipality of Utrecht
Leer- en Expertisepunt Open Overheid (Open Government Learning and Expertise Centre)

Other organisations or bodies (such as community organisations or the private sector)


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  2. Dilemma Logic

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  3. Join EITI

    NL0030, 2018, Access to Information

  4. Open Algorithms

    NL0031, 2018, Automated Decision-Making

  5. Open Local Decision-Making

    NL0032, 2018, Access to Information

  6. ‘Open by Design’ Pilots

    NL0033, 2018, Access to Information

  7. Open Contracting

    NL0034, 2018, Access to Information

  8. Open Parliament

    NL0035, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  9. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, Access to Information

  10. Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities

    NL0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  11. Transparent Political Party Finance

    NL0038, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  12. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Access to Information

  13. Stuiveling Open Data Award

    NL0020, 2016, Access to Information

  14. Groningen Open Data Re-Use

    NL0021, 2016, Access to Information

  15. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Access to Information

  16. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Access to Information

  17. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Access to Information

  18. Training Civil Servants on Public Participation

    NL0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Access to Information

  20. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Access to Information

  21. Further Develop and Promote Disclosure and Use of Open Data

    NL0001, 2013, Access to Information

  22. Increase Financial Transparency Through Open Budget and Experiments with Open Spending and Budget Monitoring

    NL0002, 2013, Access to Information

  23. Open House of Representatives

    NL0003, 2013, E-Government

  24. Instruments for Integrity

    NL0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  25. Revamp the Legislative Calendar

    NL0005, 2013, Access to Information

  26. More Online Consultation

    NL0006, 2013, E-Government

  27. More Transparency in Decision-Making Through Volgdewet.Nl Legislation-Tracking Website

    NL0007, 2013, Access to Information

  28. Informal Approach to Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0008, 2013, Access to Information

  29. From Rules to Freedom

    NL0009, 2013, Public Participation

  30. Change Attitudes and Procedures Through Smarter Working and ‘Public Servant 2.0’

    NL0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  31. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

  32. Develop and Implement Participation Policy at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

    NL0012, 2013, Public Participation

  33. Make Government Information Accessible and Easy to Find

    NL0013, 2013, Capacity Building

  34. Make Citizens Better Informed and More Empowered: Public Inspection and Correction of Information

    NL0014, 2013, E-Government

  35. Open Announcements and Notifications

    NL0015, 2013, E-Government

  36. Public Services and the User Perspective

    NL0016, 2013, E-Government

  37. Designate Categories of Government Information for Active Access

    NL0017, 2013, Access to Information

  38. Rethink Information Management and Active Access: Four ‘Open by Design’ Pilot Projects

    NL0018, 2013, Access to Information

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