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ONLINE CONFERENCE Scottish Open Government: Delivering on the Scottish Government's Programme of Reforms


  09:25 Chair's Opening Remarks
Richard Kerley, Professor of Management, Queen Margaret University
Session One
  09:30 Delivering on the Open Government in Scotland Action Plan in Pandemic and Beyond
Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government, Scottish Government 
  • Moving the Action Plan forward - what's coming next?
  • Promoting the practice of open government within and beyond Scottish Government
  • The international Open Government Partnership - understanding our obligations as government, local government, organisations, regulatory bodies and people and communities
  09:45 Deliberative Democracy and Citizen Participation
Lucy McTernan, Global Steering Committee Civil Society Member, Open Government Partnership
  • What can the advent of deliberative democracy do for open government in Scotland?
  • The next steps Scotland's public bodies need to take
  • Where do Scotland and its public bodies stand globally?
  10:00 Question and Answer Session
  10:15 Comfort Break
Session Two
  10:30 The Need to Know Who Regulates, Who is Accountable and How to Get Answers
Carole Ewart, Convener, Campaign for Freedom of Information in Scotland
  • What does coherent and effective accountability look like?
  • How should decision makers and service providers improve public engagement?
  • Enabling people to enact accountability at individual, organisational, sectoral and national level
  10:45 Information as the Currency of Accountability
Rosemary Agnew, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

  • Information driving accountability
  • Making information available, accessible and actionable
  • Rethinking the role of regulators
  10:45 Question and Answer Session
  11:15 Comfort Break
Session Three
  11:30 Financial and Performance Transparency - What do we spend, what do we get?
Michael Oliphant, Audit Director, Audit Scotland
  • Taking decisions with public money - what do people want to see?
  • Fostering discussion, debate and participation in financial decision-making
  • How do spending decision-makers need to change their practices?
  11:45 The Value of Scottish Civil Society
Paul Bradley, Policy and Campaigns Officer, SCVO
  • Understanding what Civil Society really is
  • Government and Civil Society - is it possible to connect the statutory with the organic?
  • The value of Civil Society in heping to open up government
  12:00 Question and Answer Session
  12:15 Chair's Closing Remarks
Richard Kerley, Professor of Management, Queen Margaret University

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Very good sessions with excellent speakers. Content of sessions delivered practical applications of the themes discussed during the day.

Franck David - Children's Hearings Scotland,
Delegate: Public Sector Effective Governance Conference 2016

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