At the beginning of his term, President Obama charged the government with ushering in a new era of accessibility and transparency in American politics with the Open Government Directive. In January 2009, he said “we will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”
Since then, a number of government initiatives have launched in order to engage the voice of a wide and varied public. What were the goals of the new and similar Open Government Partnership? Promoting transparency, empowering citizens, fighting corruption, and harnessing new technologies to strengthen governance.
In assessing its history with numerous government agencies, directives, and organizations, IdeaScale wanted to add the benefits that they saw as a result of their network intelligence sourcing: innovation, engagement, and savings. To learn more about those benefits, visit here. There, you’ll find a white paper that lets you know how the Open Government Partnership plans to consult with multiple national communities, ways to raise awareness and encourage public participations, and several case study examples of successful feedback with multiple-stakeholder input.
What do you think the benefits of the open government directive are? What other ways would you seek to engage the public?