To conduct a diagnostic review of public information needs (TT0008)
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
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, http://www.opengovpartnership.org/sites/default/files/TrinidadTobago_14-15_Final_0.pdf. ]
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.
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.
Trinidad and Tobago's Commitments
To certify public agencies’ service quality
TT0001, 2014, Capacity Building
To develop Human Resources Management capacity in the public service
TT0002, 2014, Capacity Building
To conduct a Pilot project for the development and introduction of a “Easier Life for Citizens” Index
TT0003, 2014, Public Service Delivery
To develop interactive media on Government business processes and programs to better access Government services
TT0004, 2014, Public Service Delivery
To establish a Contact Centre to address the needs of national scholars (local and international) of Trinidad and Tobago
TT0005, 2014, Education
To adopt a policy on data standards and classification frameworks
TT0006, 2014, Open Data
To increase the number of publicly accessible Government datasets in open formats
TT0007, 2014, Open Data
To conduct a diagnostic review of public information needs
TT0008, 2014, Open Data
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
To create a Civil Society Board
TT0010, 2014, Public Participation
To audit the Accounts of the Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs to International Standards
TT0011, 2014, Audits and Controls
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
To include the mineral sector (starting with National Quarries Company Ltd) in the TTEITI Reporting Mechanism
TT0013, 2014, E-Government