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To Conduct a Diagnostic Review of Public Information Needs (TT0008)



Action Plan: Not Attached

Action Plan Cycle: 2014

Status: Inactive


Lead Institution: Ministry of Science and Technology

Support Institution(s): Ministry of Public Administration, iGovTT, eBitt, IT enterprises, e-business round table

Policy Areas

Open Data, Records Management

IRM Review

IRM Report: Trinidad and Tobago End-of-Term Report 2014-2016, Trinidad and Tobago IRM Progress Report 2014-2015

Starred: No

Early Results: Did Not Change

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



To conduct a public consultation in order to identify critical data, needs, problems and gaps and deliver a report.

IRM End of Term Status Summary

2.3 To Conduct a Diagnostic Review of Public Information Needs

Commitment Text: To conduct a public consultation in order to identify critical data, needs, problems and gaps and deliver a report.

Responsible Institution: Ministry of Science and Technology

Supporting institutions: Ministry of Public Administration and Communications (MPAC), National Information and Communication Technology Company (iGovTT), E-Business Information Technology and Telecommunications (e-Bitt), IT enterprises, e-business round table

Start Date: September 2014                                                                       End Date: March 2015

Commitment Aim

This commitment aims to assess public information needs and, specifically, to identify critical public interest data, challenges to accessing data, and gaps in available date. There is currently no systematic or proactive government effort to determine how best to meet public requests for data.


Midterm: Not started

According to government officials reporting to the IRM researcher, the government took no action to implement this commitment. While CSOs interviewed have an overall interest in the action plan, they have not expressed an opinion on the progress of this initiative. There has been no stated engagement on citizen needs for public information. For further information, please see the midterm IRM evaluation report.[Note 36: Open Government Partnership, Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM): Trinidad and Tobago progress report 2014–2015, ]

End of term: Not started

Based on responses from public officials, there has been no progress on this commitment since the midterm IRM report. The IRM researcher could not find any supporting evidence on the implementation of this commitment.

Did it open government?

Access to information: Did not change

The government has not engaged citizens about their data requirements so that it can produce data that matches their demands. The government has stalled its implementation of this commitment and did not change the existing policy environment. The government did not enhance the quality of information or the disclosure of information.

Carried forward?

The government has not conducted consultation for the next action plan. This commitment represents good first steps and should be viewed as a milestone to a more ambitious commitment. This commitment could be joined with commitment 2.1 as the first stage in the development of the data standards policy, or as with other recommendations stated in commitment 2.1.


  1. To Certify Public Agencies’ Service Quality

    TT0001, 2014, Capacity Building

  2. To Develop Human Resources Management Capacity in the Public Service

    TT0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  3. To Conduct a Pilot Project for the Development and Introduction of a “Easier Life for Citizens” Index

    TT0003, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  4. To Develop Interactive Media on Government Business Processes and Programs to Better Access Government Services

    TT0004, 2014, Public Service Delivery

  5. To Establish a Contact Centre to Address the Needs of National Scholars (Local and International) of Trinidad and Tobago

    TT0005, 2014, Education

  6. To Adopt a Policy on Data Standards and Classification Frameworks

    TT0006, 2014, Open Data

  7. To Increase the Number of Publicly Accessible Government Datasets in Open Formats

    TT0007, 2014, Open Data

  8. To Conduct a Diagnostic Review of Public Information Needs

    TT0008, 2014, Open Data

  9. To Create an Easily Accessible Open Government Portal , with a Platform/Repository for Open Data, as Well as an Interface to Allow for Feedback from the Public

    TT0009, 2014, Open Data

  10. To Create a Civil Society Board

    TT0010, 2014, Public Participation

  11. To Audit the Accounts of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs to International Standards

    TT0011, 2014, Audits and Controls

  12. To Make Publicly Available the Cadastre of Licenses and Contracts for the Exploration and Production of Oil and Gas in Trinidad and Tobago

    TT0012, 2014, E-Government

  13. To Include the Mineral Sector (Starting with National Quarries Company Ltd) in the TTEITI Reporting Mechanism

    TT0013, 2014, E-Government

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