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About the datastet on Open Government Survey Coordination and Citizen Participation in the Policy Cycle

Welcome to the OECD dataset on Open Government.

This dataset contains the results of the 2015 OECD Survey on Open Government Coordination and Citizen Participation in the Policy Cycle, which aims at collecting better data on the design and implementation of open government reforms of member and no-member countries. 

The Survey follows the call for a sound evidence base on open government reforms by countries that participated in the OECD Open Government Forum, which was held in Paris on 30 September 2014.

OECD member and non-member countries are designing and implementing public sector reforms inspired by the open government principles of transparency, accountability and participation. Openness has been highlighted as a critical aspect to building trust in government and promoting inclusive growth. Yet, evidence on the development, coordination, implementation and impact of open government policies and initiatives remained insufficient.

The two-tier survey was answered by 35 OECD member countries and 19 non-member countries, though only OECD data will be shown in this dataset. 

The survey was divided in two parts analysing the following issues:

  • Part I. Open Government coordination
  • Part 2. Citizen participation in the Policy Cycle (CPPC) at the sector level

The dataset of the first part of the survey (Open Government Coordination) provides information and data on open government policies and practices implemented by the central government. The dataset of the second part of the survey (Citizen Participation in the Policy Cycle) provides information and data about policies and practices aimed at involving citizens (including civil society organisations – non-governmental organisations – and representatives of the private sector) in the health and finance ministries.

The information held in the database is made available free of charge. Please note, however, that the data are protected by copyright and we request that you be sure to cite the OECD as the source (OECD 2015 Survey on Open Government Coordination and Citizen Participation in the Policy Cycle). Furthermore, to help us track the impact, we would appreciate receiving electronic copies of any papers that cite the database, to be sent to the following address:

About this Questionnaire

The content of the database was collected using an online questionnaire and a glossary of key terms. The OECD Governance Reviews and Partnerships Division conducted this survey in 2015 and received data by 54 countries in total (including all 35 OECD member countries). The first part of the survey on Open Government coordination was sent to the main institution responsible for open government in the country and answered mainly by senior civil servants. In total, 53 countries replied to the first part of the OECD survey.

In order to collect comparable data from all countries on approaches to engage citizens in the policy cycle, the second part of the survey was answered by representatives of the ministries of finance and the ministries of health. In total, 38 ministries of finance and 32 ministries of health replied to the second part of the survey, which contained 30 questions.

The findings of the Survey provided the evidence base for the OECD Report on Open Government: The Global Context and the Way Forward, Government at a Glance 2017, and Government at a Glance: Latin America and the Caribbean 2017.