MacKay Hannah

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


0830-0930 Registration and Refreshments
0930-0935 Chair's Opening Remarks
Session One: Scotland's Open Government Journey
0935-0955 Keynote Address
0955-1010 Question and Answer Session
1010-1030 The Challenge for Local Government
  • Opening up the public services closest to communities
  • Participative financial and policy decision making
  • Moving from consultation to co-production
1030-1050 Delivering on the 2018-2020 Open Government in Scotland Action Plan
  • 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
1050-1110 Question and Answer Session
1110-1130 Refreshment Break
Session Two: Core Challenges in Delivering Open Government
1130-1150 The Need to Know Who Regulates, Who is Accountable and How to Get Answers
  • 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
1150-1210 Information as the Currency of Accountability
  • Information driving accountability
  • Making information available, accessible and actionable
  • Rethinking the role of regulators
1210-1230 Financial and Performance Transparency - What Do We Spend, What Do We Get?
Stephen Boyle, Audit Director, Audit Scotland
Stephn_Boyle AuditScotland
  • 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?
1230-1250 Question and Answer Session
1250-1350 Lunch 
1350-1355 Chair's Welcome Back
Session Three: Engaging Everyone - Doing and Thinking Differently
1355-1415 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?
1415-1435 Digitally Enabling - Connecting Citizens and Services
Niamh Webster, Digital Engagement Manager, Scottish Government
NiamhWebster ScotGov

  • Connecting the citizen voice to government work
  • Using digital to transform co-production and deliver better public services
  • Innovative public participation - getting comfortable with doing it differently
1435-1455 The Value of Scottish Civil Society
  • 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
1455-1515 Question and Answer Session
1515-1520 Chair's Closing Remarks

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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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