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Slovak Republic

Continuous Education for Participatory Policymaking (SK0132)



Action Plan: Slovak Republic Action Plan 2019-2021

Action Plan Cycle: 2019

Status: Active


Lead Institution: NA

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Slovakia Design Report 2019-2021

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Despite the fact that it brings the topic of involvement of relevant actors in public policies - participation -USSR ROS since 2011 through the agenda of open governance and other projects,to which the ÚSV ROS deals. 38 Participation and the participatory process of public policy-making are stillfinds in the first phase of its development and housing in the Slovak public administration environmentall levels. The process of participation faces according to the knowledge and experience gainedfrom monitoring and evaluating the fulfillment of previous tasks from the Action Plans of the Initiativeopen government, or from participation projects implemented by the USSR ROS morechallenges in:
• education for participation,
• willingness to participate,
• and personnel and economic capacities allocated for participation.
The process of implementing the principle of partnership, cooperation and participation in practice in the state administrationand dealing with these challenges is gradual. This evolutionary process must be built onmutual learning, evaluation and continuous incorporation of good and bad practiceother public involvement processes in public policy-making. It is therefore desirable to continueon the part of the state administration in the creation and subsequent implementation of public policies by participatoryin a manner with adequate support for these processes. Intensified concentration can serve this purposeby the USSR ROS for capacity building in the area of ​​participation in the public administration environment, butalso on the part of civil society through education aimed at acquiring knowledge about the processparticipation and practical experience in developing and implementing individual public policies or othersprocesses. During 2019, the ROSO ROS prepared the first training program focused on supportimplementing participatory public policy-making. The content of the training program forrepresentatives of public administration is to pass on to participants the experience and good practice with participatorydeveloping public policies, particularly in the areas of developing and conducting participatory processes,facilitating various types of meetings related to participatory public policy-making, implementationparticipatory procedures in public policy-making, coping with crisis situationsand the subsequent implementation of public policy.The willingness to develop cooperation between public administration and civil society Slovak RepublicDeclaration in several strategic and legislative documents, including PVV, or in the forthcomingThe strategy and vision of Slovakia 's development up to 2030, which has the ambition to promote open governance andmechanisms for participation in the formulation, implementation and control of public policies.

Specific milestones towards the goal:
16. Identify and prepare the conditions for public policy making to be selectedMinistries and other CSOs created or implemented participatory in cooperation with therepresentatives of civil society
Deadline: until 31 December 2021
Responsible: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment of the Slovak Republic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Environment Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the SR; Minister of Education, Science, Research and SportSR; Minister of the Interior of the Slovak Republic
Co-responsible: Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society Development

17. Implement a training program to strengthen public competenciesgovernance and academic environment, with a focus on supporting the creation and implementation of participatory policies in public administration
Deadline: until 31 December 2021
Responsible: Government Plenipotentiary for Civil Society Development

IRM Midterm Status Summary

7. Develop training to support participatory policymaking and put it into practice

Main Objective

“Strengthen participative creation of public policies through continuous education on participation.” [114]


  1. With selected ministries or other central authorities, identify and create public policies in a participatory manner with the engagement from representatives of civil society.
  2. Implement educational program focusing on promoting participatory creation and implementation of public policies.

Editorial Note: For the complete text of this commitment, please see Slovakia’s action plan at

IRM Design Report Assessment





Civic Participation

Potential impact:


Commitment Analysis

The main aim of the commitment is to continue with developing selected policies in a participatory manner and strengthen participatory culture in the public administration through an educational program for public servants. Participatory policymaking has been a part of national action plans since Slovakia joined the partnership in 2011. [115] The newly elected government supports participation in legislative processes, [116] pledges to closely collaborate with civil society, [117] and simplify bureaucratic processes and remove obstacles to participation. [118]      

The commitment is relevant to the OGP value of civic participation because milestone 1 seeks to develop public policies in a participatory manner, and the education program for public servants (milestone 2) could help them incorporate best practices in their agency’s participatory processes. It could also help public authorities to develop new opportunities for civic engagement. Improvements in this area across public authorities could bring a positive change in practice relative to previous action plans.

This commitment is unclear about how ministries and policies were selected, limiting the certainty of authorities without prior experience of participatory processes taking part. At the time of writing this report (April 2020) the following ministries have already identified the policies to be implemented in a participatory manner: Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Interior. Some of the proposed policies, e.g. Act on volunteering, were continued from the previous action plan (as they were not implemented then). All of these ministries have a history of developing policies in a participatory manner. For instance, the Ministry of Environment’s environmental policy strategy 2030 was stated in the last implementation report as an example of good practice. As a result of the second action plan, the Ministry of Interior adopted the Law on CSOs’ Registry, the Ministry of Agriculture developed policies supporting small-scale, young and family farmers with the input from civil society, and the Ministry of Education adopted the Concept to support youth work. Thus, the commitment will not substantially go beyond the status quo and, therefore, represents a minor change.      

However, although some previous participatory processes were evaluated positively by civil society, the latest implementation report [119] concluded that the scope and quality of participatory processes still varies between public authorities. Some lead professional consultations open to key stakeholders from the policy design stage to the final assessment stage, while other processes easily prevent important actors from taking part. For instance, evidence of how the Defense Strategy was developed and who was involved in the process is unavailable despite government promises. The Ministry of Defense did not respond to the IRM researcher’s request to provide this evidence. [120] Thus, the potential impact of this commitment could be determined by which ministries or other central authorities are involved and the kinds of policy processes which incorporate participatory mechanisms with engagement from civil society representatives. However, given that initially selected ministries already have experience with participatory processes, it is assessed as minor.

Previous IRM reports [121] have concluded that both representatives of public administration and civil society perceived the availability of workshops and training on participatory processes as very useful. A civil society representative interviewed for this report [122] argued that a high-quality education program could improve the quality of participatory processes and shift public authority attitudes towards greater support for participation. However, its potential impact would depend on the number of public servants trained and their seniority within the administration and also on the innovativeness of the program compared to that previously organized. The commitment text is unclear to this end.     

[114] Office of the Plenipotentiary, Open Government Partnership National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic 2020 – 2021,
[115] Office of the Plenipotentiary, Open Government Partnership National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic,, and Open Government Partnership National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic 2015, (see Commitments 22, 24, and 26), and Open Government Partnership National Action Plan of the Slovak Republic 2017 – 2019, (see Commitments 43, 45, and 47).
[116] Government Office, The 2020 – 2024 Government Manifesto, (in Slovak).
[117] Ibid, page 17..
[118] Ibid..
[119] Mária Žuffová, Open Government Partnership, IRM Slovakia Implementation Report 2017–2019,
[120] Email sent to the Ministry of Defense by IRM researcher, 10 October 2019 (available upon request).
[121] Mária Žuffová, Open Government Partnership, IRM Slovakia Implementation Report 2017–2019,
[122] Interview with Karolína Miková, Partners for Democratic Change, 5 May 2020, Section VI - Methodology and Sources for more information.


  1. Publish Implementation Plans for Regulations

    SK0126, 2019, E-Government

  2. Regularly Publish Government Datasets

    SK0127, 2019, Access to Information

  3. Publish Data on Use of EU Grant Funding

    SK0128, 2019, Aid

  4. Publish Beneficial Ownership Data

    SK0129, 2019, Anti-Corruption

  5. Educational Resources Portal

    SK0130, 2019, Capacity Building

  6. National Open Science Strategy

    SK0131, 2019, Capacity Building

  7. Continuous Education for Participatory Policymaking

    SK0132, 2019, Capacity Building

  8. Report on Public Participation in Lawmaking

    SK0133, 2019, Public Participation

  9. Civil Society - Government Partnerships

    SK0134, 2019, Local Commitments

  10. Legislation Materials Portal

    SK0135, 2019, Access to Information

  11. Monitor Fulfillment of the Next Action Plan

    SK0136, 2019, Public Participation

  12. Open Data Portal

    SK0058, 2017, Access to Information

  13. Submit a Draft Law on Data to the Government.

    SK0059, 2017, Access to Information

  14. Public Administration Employee Training

    SK0060, 2017, Access to Information

  15. Data Publication Standards

    SK0061, 2017, Access to Information

  16. Update Open Data Portal

    SK0062, 2017, Access to Information

  17. Open Data Publication

    SK0063, 2017, Access to Information

  18. Open Data Awareness-Raising

    SK0064, 2017, Access to Information

  19. Survey About Open Data

    SK0065, 2017, Access to Information

  20. Publish Open Data

    SK0066, 2017, Access to Information

  21. Analysis of Open Data

    SK0067, 2017, Access to Information

  22. Open Data Strategy

    SK0068, 2017, Access to Information

  23. Develop Standards for Publicly Available Application Programming Interfaces and Submit Them to the Commission for the Standardization of Information Systems in Public Administration.

    SK0069, 2017, E-Government

  24. Ensure Open Data Publication

    SK0070, 2017, Access to Information

  25. Survey of Public Demand for Application Programming Interfaces

    SK0071, 2017, E-Government

  26. Publish Application Programming Interfaces

    SK0072, 2017, Access to Information

  27. Enable the Disclosure of Source Code and Development Using Open Methods for Newly Developed Plug-Ins and Extensions of Web Browsers and Client Applications.

    SK0073, 2017, Access to Information

  28. Custom-Made Information Systems

    SK0074, 2017, Access to Information

  29. Publish Open Source Software Data

    SK0075, 2017, Access to Information

  30. Study About Open Source Software

    SK0076, 2017, Access to Information

  31. Feasibility Study on NGO Satellite Account

    SK0077, 2017, Access to Information

  32. Define the Minimum Scope and Structure of the Disclosed Data on the Use of European Structural and Investment Funds, the EEA Financial Mechanism, Norwegian Financial Mechanism, the Swiss Financial Mechanism and Subsidy Schemes From the State Budget.

    SK0078, 2017, Aid

  33. Publish Financial Data

    SK0079, 2017, Access to Information

  34. Propose Changes to Central Register of Contracts Regulation

    SK0080, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  35. Create Space for the Publication of Local Self-Government (Municipality) Contracts in a Single Central Repository.

    SK0081, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  36. Establish and Operate a Repository of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic for Storage, Long-Term Archiving and Access to Educational Resources.

    SK0082, 2017, Access to Information

  37. Open Education Resources

    SK0083, 2017, Access to Information

  38. Reach Out to Partners Who Have Provided Educational Resources After 2008 to the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Or to Its Directly Managed OrGanizations, with a Suggestion to Make Educational Resources Available Under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Public License.

    SK0084, 2017, E-Government

  39. Enforce Public Licensing

    SK0085, 2017, Education

  40. Make Educational Resources Available in Local Langage

    SK0086, 2017, Education

  41. Ensure Availability of University Textbooks

    SK0087, 2017, Access to Information

  42. Introduce Specific Rules for Open Publication and the Obligation to Provide Free Access of Selected Publicly Funded Publica-Tions

    SK0088, 2017, Access to Information

  43. Analyze the Possibility of Applying Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) Public License As Standard for Selected Works Mandatorily Published in the Central Registry of Theses and Dissertations.

    SK0089, 2017, E-Government

  44. Awareness-Raising About Open Education Resources

    SK0090, 2017, E-Government

  45. Publish the Outcomes of the Approval Process of Educational Resources on the Web-Site of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

    SK0091, 2017, Access to Information

  46. To Introduce the Basic Principles of Open Access to Scientific Publications Under a Public License Under the Operational Program Research and Innovation.

    SK0092, 2017, Access to Information

  47. Ensure the Implementation of Public License Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY)

    SK0093, 2017, Access to Information

  48. Establish Contact Office for Open Access.

    SK0094, 2017, Access to Information

  49. Establish Conditions for Passportization of Open Research Data Under a Public License and Monitor Its Implementation in Practice.

    SK0095, 2017, Access to Information

  50. Establish and Operate a Repository to Provide Storage, Long-Term Archiving and Ac-Cess to Slovak Scientific and Academic Publications, Research Data and Gray Literature.

    SK0096, 2017, Access to Information

  51. Design Systematic Benchmarking Monitoring Mechanisms for the Measurement and Comparison and Propose Further Analyses Related to Acquiring, Processing and Re-Use of Research Data and Open Access Scientific Publications.

    SK0097, 2017, Access to Information

  52. Raise Awareness About Open Access in Academic Community

    SK0098, 2017, Access to Information

  53. Participate in International Coordination on Open Education Reforms

    SK0099, 2017, Access to Information

  54. Participatory Public Policy

    SK0100, 2017, E-Government

  55. Citizen-Traingin on Public Policy Making

    SK0101, 2017, Capacity Building

  56. Create Engaging Public Policies

    SK0102, 2017, Capacity Building

  57. Government Employee Peer-Exchange

    SK0103, 2017, Capacity Building

  58. Evaluate Identified Participatory Processes of Creation and Implementation of Pub-Lic Policies and Disseminate Examples of Good Practice Based on This Evaluation.

    SK0104, 2017, Capacity Building

  59. Promote Partnership and Dialogue Between Public Authorities, Citizens and NGOs at National, Regional and Local Level in the Area of Participatory Public Policy-Making.

    SK0105, 2017, Capacity Building

  60. Propose a Recommendation of Internal Guidelines on the Use of Free On-Line Tools in Participatory Creation of Public Policies.

    SK0106, 2017, Capacity Building

  61. Create Learning Tools in the Field of Participation.

    SK0107, 2017, Capacity Building

  62. Use Educational Tools About Participation in Formal Education Using Informal Learn-Ing Methods.

    SK0108, 2017, E-Government

  63. Develop Recommendations for Embedding Participatory Processes Into Organiza-Tional Processes, Internal Guidelines and Other Documents for the Needs of Central Government Bodies.

    SK0109, 2017, Capacity Building

  64. Reassess the Implementation of the Publication of Assessments of Judges in Terms of the Clarity and Making Further Analysis Easier

    SK0110, 2017, E-Government

  65. Specify Which Court Decisions Do Not Need to Be Published.

    SK0111, 2017, E-Government

  66. Standardize Submission Requirements for Slov-Lex Portal

    SK0112, 2017, Access to Information

  67. Draft Legislation About the Responsibility of Judges

    SK0113, 2017, E-Government

  68. Draft Legislation to Ensure Public Scrutiny of Judges

    SK0114, 2017, Judiciary

  69. Prepare Legislation That Will Ensure the Publication of the Seat of Office of Individual Prosecutors

    SK0115, 2017, E-Government

  70. Create Draft Legislation to Extend the Right to Recommend Candidates for the Post of Attorney-General.

    SK0116, 2017, Legislation & Regulation

  71. Participatory Analysis of Prosecutor's Affairs

    SK0117, 2017, E-Government

  72. In a Participatory Manner, Analyze the Selection Procedures

    SK0118, 2017, Justice

  73. Awareness-Raising About Anti-Social Activities

    SK0119, 2017, Anti-Corruption

  74. Analyze and Evaluate Preliminary Information and Reports on Public Participation in the Process of Drafting and Commenting on Draft Legislation.

    SK0120, 2017, E-Government

  75. Analyze and Evaluate the Effectiveness of the Electronic Collective Petition.

    SK0121, 2017, E-Government

  76. Identify the Person Responsible for Implementing the Tasks of the OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019 in the Organization.

    SK0122, 2017, E-Government

  77. Coordinate the Working Group on the Implementation of the OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019.

    SK0123, 2017,

  78. Develop the Final Evaluation of the OGP National Action Plan 2017-2019.

    SK0124, 2017, E-Government

  79. Prepare and Submit for the Government of the Slovak Republic the OGP National Action Plan for the Following Period.

    SK0125, 2017, E-Government

  80. List of Open Data Datasets

    SK0023, 2015, Access to Information

  81. Publish Open Data

    SK0024, 2015, Access to Information

  82. Survey of Open Data

    SK0025, 2015, Access to Information

  83. Publish Relevant Open Datasets

    SK0026, 2015, Access to Information

  84. Starred commitment Open Data Publication Strategy

    SK0027, 2015, Access to Information

  85. Grant Scheme Open Data Portal

    SK0028, 2015, Access to Information

  86. Web Portal Promotion Campaign

    SK0029, 2015, Access to Information

  87. Evaluate Grant Funding Open Data Application

    SK0030, 2015, Access to Information

  88. Digital Education Resources

    SK0031, 2015, Access to Information

  89. Map Existing Repositories

    SK0032, 2015, Access to Information

  90. Analyze Procurement Process for Education Resources

    SK0033, 2015, Access to Information

  91. Textbook Procurement Process

    SK0034, 2015, Access to Information

  92. Pilot Procurement Process

    SK0035, 2015, Access to Information

  93. Raise Awareness of Education Resources

    SK0036, 2015, Access to Information

  94. Join Multilateral Activities in Europe and Beyond That Support the Creation, Improvement, Sharing and Re-Use of Open Educational Resources.

    SK0037, 2015, Access to Information

  95. Map Existing Scientific Repositories

    SK0038, 2015, Access to Information

  96. Identify Barriers to Open Data Access

    SK0039, 2015, Access to Information

  97. Submit Analysis of Open Data Publication

    SK0040, 2015, Access to Information

  98. Data Publication Mechanism

    SK0041, 2015, Access to Information

  99. Raise Awareness About Open Access in Academic Community

    SK0042, 2015, Access to Information

  100. Assist Other Countries with Open Access Strategy

    SK0043, 2015, Access to Information

  101. Participatory Policy-Making

    SK0044, 2015, Public Participation

  102. Workshops on Public Involvement in Policymaking

    SK0045, 2015, Capacity Building

  103. Starred commitment Develop Public Policy with Civil Society

    SK0047, 2015, Civic Space

  104. Starred commitment Develop Criteria for Evaluating Participation in Policymaking

    SK0048, 2015, Public Participation

  105. Evaluate Policy Creation

    SK0049, 2015, Public Participation

  106. Map Legislative Environments

    SK0050, 2015, Open Parliaments

  107. Carry Out a Public Campaign to Promote the Collective Electronic Petitions.

    SK0051, 2015, Capacity Building

  108. Publish Evaluation of Justices

    SK0052, 2015, Judiciary

  109. Analyze Publication of Judicial Decisions

    SK0053, 2015, Judiciary

  110. Uniform Reporting of Judicial Decisions

    SK0054, 2015, Judiciary

  111. Publish List of Names of Prosecutors

    SK0055, 2015, Judiciary

  112. Final Evaluation of OGP Action Plan

    SK0056, 2015, Public Participation

  113. Develop Next Action Plan

    SK0057, 2015, Public Participation

  114. Starred commitment Open Data Portal Launch

    SK0001, 2012, Access to Information

  115. Publishing Datasets

    SK0002, 2012, Access to Information

  116. Datasets Mapping

    SK0003, 2012, Access to Information

  117. Data Standards

    SK0004, 2012, Access to Information

  118. Improved Register of Contracts

    SK0005, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  119. Starred commitment Continuous Dataset Publising

    SK0006, 2012, Access to Information

  120. Starred commitment ITMS Dataset

    SK0007, 2012, Access to Information

  121. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring

    SK0008, 2012, Fiscal Openness

  122. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring – Prepare Tender for Web Application

    SK0009, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  123. EU Funds and Subsidies Monitoring – Portal Launch

    SK0010, 2012, E-Government

  124. Participatory Policy Making

    SK0011, 2012, Capacity Building

  125. Starred commitment Apply Participatory Policy Making

    SK0012, 2012, Public Participation

  126. Lawmaking Public Participation Rules

    SK0013, 2012, Legislation & Regulation

  127. Participatory Policy Making

    SK0014, 2012, Public Participation

  128. Collective e-Petitions

    SK0015, 2012, E-petitions

  129. Collective e-Petitions – Draft Amendment

    SK0016, 2012, E-petitions

  130. OGP Steering Committee

    SK0017, 2012,

  131. Transparency Council and Openess Barometer

    SK0018, 2012, Access to Information

  132. Develop Criteria for Transparency Council and Openess Barometer

    SK0019, 2012, Access to Information

  133. Conduct First Evaluation Using Openess Barometer

    SK0020, 2012, Access to Information

  134. Whistleblowers Protection Act

    SK0021, 2012, Anti-Corruption

  135. 2014-2015 Action Plan Development

    SK0022, 2012,

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