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To remain a member in good standing and active status, OGP participants produce periodic self-assessment reports and are evaluated by local IRM researchers. The IRM publishes their findings for each member as part of each action plan cycle. Questions raised about member actions are reviewed according to several mechanisms.

Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM)

The IRM is an independent body guided by but not directly accountable to, the Steering Committee of the Open Government Partnership. An International Experts Panel (IEP) directly oversees the IRM

Consistent with the IRM Concept Note, the independent progress reports will assess implementation of the commitments adopted by OGP participating governments in their country action plans

These independent experts author the IRM progress reports monitoring implementation of each country’s OGP action plan.

Member Self-Assessments

During the two-year action plan cycle, governments will produce yearly Self-Assessment Reports in consultation with civil society. The Self-Assessment Reports are a key element of the Independent Report Mechanism, OGP’s accountability arm and the main means of tracking progress in participating countries. The national IRM researchers use the government Self-Assessment Reports as a key part of their desk research. Other OGP stakeholders use the Self-Assessment Reports to gain an understanding of the government’s perspective on the OGP process and results achieved over the course of the year.

Compliance with Regulations

A country’s participation in OGP may be reviewed if it acts contrary to OGP process or contrary to OGP principles.