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Public participation in policy making is a fundamental part of the open government agenda. It can improve the quality of policy making, bring greater accountability and transparency, and help deepen our democracy.

The UK is a founding member of the Open Government Partnership, an international initiative bringing together networks of reformers inside and outside governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.

Join the UK Open Government Partnership Civil Society Network and the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster in a discussion to develop public participation commitments for the next National Action Plan (NAP). Commitments from last year include:

  • The UK government will demonstrate the potential of open policy making by running at least five ‘test and demonstrate projects’ across different policy areas. These will inform how open policy making can be deployed across the civil service
  • The UK government will identify innovative and effective ways to engage the public in policy involving complex scientific and technological innovation through the Sciencewise Programme
  • The UK government will publish legislation in a draft format on GOV.UK whenever appropriate, in order to enable and promote public involvement and engagement in proposed changes to the law

To join us at this event, please register online.