Data Points Podcast Episode 29 – The Open Government Partnership

Data use is exploding across governments not only in the US, but around the world as well. To dive deeper into the international waters, Data Points is hosting a series of discussions focusing on data use outside the US. We’ll be talking with practitioners and policy makers from around the world about how data use is changing in their locations and how they relate to changes in the US.

As part of our continuing miniseries looking at government and data outside the US, this week we sat down with Brittany Lane of the Open Government Partnership (or OGP). If you’re not familiar with the OGP, it is an international organization launched in 2011 to provide a platform for reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.  OGP has grown from 8 original participating countries to 75 participating countries since 2011 (including the US). In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

While the OGP is generally focused on national governments, Brittany leads one of the OGP’s newest programs, a pilot designed to involve subnational governments in the work of the OGP. Subnational governments include cities, counties, states, provinces, and even devolved nations (shout out to Scotland). The fifteen pioneer subnational governments are committed to political and working level reforms and engaging with partners in civil society. Brittany helps shepherd the subnational governments through a process of committing to action steps and implementing their plans no matter their level of focus.

To learn about the OGP and its subnational commitments, check out this page for a list of participants and their work on the ground.


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