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Training civil servants in active disclosure (NL0046)



Action Plan: Netherlands Action Plan 2020-2022

Action Plan Cycle: 2020

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Ministry of General Affairs; Government Information Council

Support Institution(s): Other Actors Involved State actors involved Several, to be determined CSOs, private sector, multilate rals, working groups To be determined

Policy Areas

Capacity Building

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: Pending IRM Review

Potential Impact: Pending IRM Review

Implementation i

Completion: Pending IRM Review


What is the public problem that the commitment will address? Various incidents and major events have shed light on the knowledge and skills of public servants in active public action. The perceived fairness, justness and the assigned legitimacy are under pressure and require more and targeted awareness and training of employees in dealing with information in all phases of the policy cycle. Much profit can be achieved because it is not so much about "wanting" (or motivations) but about "ability" (or capabilities) for many employees. You can learn from - living - practice and contribute to the civil servants passion and pride.

What is the commitment? The aim of this program is to strengthen the official craftsmanship of civil servants in the field of active public access and disclosure of information, by linking up with the recognition of possibilities for expanding the professional repertoire in this field.

How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem? By investing in putting active disclosure on the agenda at important moments such as the start of the career, employment, project start-ups and systematic reflection (intervision, among others), an incentive can be given that is also experienced as encouraging and appreciative.

Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values? Active disclosure is first and foremost human work, and therefore a matter of craftsmanship. Organizations can enable their employees to qualify themselves for this and to make better use of the working methods and instruments that have developed further from this action plan. With the ultimate goal to achieve more openness and therefore more transparency, accountability and possibilities to participate.

Additional information This part of the action plan is closely related to the specific commitment about dealing with policy intimacy. There is also a relationship with internal communication activities at departments. In addition, this program can strengthen the deployment of the so-called Broad Dialogue (Brede Dialoog) that arises from the report by the Cabinet on the advice of the Council of State on ministerial responsibility (June 2020). This also applies to efforts of the Information Council in the field of dilemma logic and network communication in which the active handling of information and networks is pursued. For this program, a budget of €15,000 is made available by the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Milestone Activity with a verifiable deliverable Start Date: End Date: 22 Assessment: Updating knowledge, attitudes, dilemmas and interventions for official action in the context of active disclosure. Using a flash panel (survey). 01-03-21 01-06-21 Analysis: Clarification of knowledge, attitudes and skills. Using 2 meetings with civil servants, administrators and stakeholders. 01-06-21 01-10-21 Embedding: Practical guidelines in the form of modules in – preferably existing – channels and platforms. (introduction and training programs, manuals and others) 01-10-21 01-06-22


  1. Present legislation on campaign finance transparency

    NL0039, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  2. Create national portal for transparent election results

    NL0040, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  3. Develop and implement digital participation platform at local level

    NL0041, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  4. Make FOIA information available through open data platform

    NL0042, 2020, Access to Information

  5. Encourage active disclosure of government information

    NL0043, 2020, Regulatory Governance

  6. Implement plain language initiatives

    NL0044, 2020, Capacity Building

  7. Determine balance between government confidentiality and citizens' right to information

    NL0045, 2020, Access to Information

  8. Training civil servants in active disclosure

    NL0046, 2020, Capacity Building

  9. Develop contract monitoring register

    NL0047, 2020, Anti-Corruption

  10. Pilot open data communities concept

    NL0048, 2020, Access to Information

  11. Increase availability of open source software

    NL0049, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  12. Improve government purchase and use of algorithms

    NL0050, 2020, Automated Decision-Making

  13. Publish complaints about public services as open data

    NL0051, 2020, Access to Information

  14. Local Digital Democracy

    NL0028, 2018, E-Government

  15. Dilemma Logic

    NL0029, 2018, Capacity Building

  16. Join EITI

    NL0030, 2018, Access to Information

  17. Open Algorithms

    NL0031, 2018, Automated Decision-Making

  18. Open Local Decision-Making

    NL0032, 2018, Access to Information

  19. ‘Open by Design’ Pilots

    NL0033, 2018, Access to Information

  20. Open Contracting

    NL0034, 2018, Access to Information

  21. Open Parliament

    NL0035, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  22. Open Government Standard and Dashboard

    NL0036, 2018, Access to Information

  23. Pioneering Network for an Open Government for Municipalities

    NL0037, 2018, Capacity Building

  24. Transparent Political Party Finance

    NL0038, 2018, Anti-Corruption

  25. National Open Data Agenda

    NL0019, 2016, Access to Information

  26. Stuiveling Open Data Award

    NL0020, 2016, Access to Information

  27. Groningen Open Data Re-Use

    NL0021, 2016, Access to Information

  28. Releasing Ministerial Research Reports

    NL0022, 2016, Access to Information

  29. Detailed Open Spending Data

    NL0023, 2016, Access to Information

  30. Open Local Authority Decision-Making

    NL0024, 2016, Access to Information

  31. Training Civil Servants on Public Participation

    NL0025, 2016, Capacity Building

  32. Easier Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0026, 2016, Access to Information

  33. Open Government Expertise Centre (LEOO)

    NL0027, 2016, Access to Information

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

    NL0001, 2013, Access to Information

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

    NL0002, 2013, Access to Information

  36. Open House of Representatives

    NL0003, 2013, E-Government

  37. Instruments for Integrity

    NL0004, 2013, Anti-Corruption

  38. Revamp the Legislative Calendar

    NL0005, 2013, Access to Information

  39. More Online Consultation

    NL0006, 2013, E-Government

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

    NL0007, 2013, Access to Information

  41. Informal Approach to Freedom of Information Requests

    NL0008, 2013, Access to Information

  42. From Rules to Freedom

    NL0009, 2013, Public Participation

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

    NL0010, 2013, Capacity Building

  44. Water Coalition

    NL0011, 2013, Public Participation

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

    NL0012, 2013, Public Participation

  46. Make Government Information Accessible and Easy to Find

    NL0013, 2013, Capacity Building

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

    NL0014, 2013, E-Government

  48. Open Announcements and Notifications

    NL0015, 2013, E-Government

  49. Public Services and the User Perspective

    NL0016, 2013, E-Government

  50. Designate Categories of Government Information for Active Access

    NL0017, 2013, Access to Information

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

    NL0018, 2013, Access to Information

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