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Transparency and Open Policy Making Processes


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Transparency and Open Policy Making Processes by Cass Chideock and Tim Kelsey

Transparency and Open Policy Making Processes by Cass Chideock and Tim Kelsey

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  • [CLICK TO PROGRESS] We have huge ambition to make the UK a better place. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] We need to give people personalised public services whilst retaining value-for-money, especially in the current economic climate. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] And the key to all of this is transparency, openness and data. [NEXT SLIDE]
  • So, why are we doing this? We believe in transparency and openness because it will help us achieve some crucial changes in public services in the UK [CLICK TO PROGRESS] In health, it is about helping people live longer, better-quality lives. Even now, too many people die needlessly-early deaths. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] In education, it is about ensuring that social mobility is not a dream but a reality. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] In justice, it is about keeping us all safe, and ensuring that the huge cost of prison and the reform system are working to drive down re-offending. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] But as well as these policy outcomes, we will be opening up a huge marketplace of economic growth in a range of areas. With health data, we are not just talking about personal health and public health, but also life sciences, growth which we believe will be worth another £15bn (US$24bn) to the UK economy. [NEXT SLIDE]
  • And when we talk about policy outcomes, we see them split into six areas: [...] [NEXT SLIDE]
  • We are ambitious with scale, scope and speed. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] When we say “data”, we mean all information, structured and unstructured (with exceptions for classified or personal information, of course). [CLICK TO PROGRESS] When we say “public authority”, we don’t just mean government agencies, but also any other public service supplier that gets some or part of it’s funding from the state. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] When we say “open”, we mean for free, commercial re-use , as business and commercial ventures are where much of the benefits arise. [CLICK TO PROGRESS] And when we say “access”, we mean published frequently, in open formats and to agreed standards, to reduce the burden for re-users of our information. [NEXT SLIDE]
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    • 1. Transparency and open policy-making processes Tim Kelsey, Senior Government Adviser, Transparency and Open Data, UK Government Cass Chideock , Deputy Director, Transparency Strategy and Culture, Cabinet Office, UK Government UNCLASSIFIED
    • 2. Priorities
      • Focus over the past 12 months has been accountability and public integrity
      • We have opened up core central government data in areas such as spending, so that taxpayers can see where their money goes.
      • Over the next year we will release new data on the performance of public services, allowing the public to make informed choices between providers and hold government to account for the performance of key public services.
    • 3. How?
      • Our policies promote a collaborative and wide-ranging discussion with partners in government, the wider public sector, and the broader user community.
      • It is about embedding Transparency in the public sector and in the way the government is run.
      • Open data is central to putting power in the hands of individuals and local communities to enable people to choose what sort of service they want and finding the best provider to meet their needs. 
        • See our consultation on Open Data at
        • We also created a Facebook site about Open Data and tweeted extensively
        • And we are holding a large number of workshops with interest groups, businesses and others on Open Data in general and also open data and Economic Growth.
    • 4. Other tools
      • The Public Sector Transparency Board helps drive forward the Government’s agenda.
      • One of the Transparency Board’s first achievements was the publication of the Public Data Principles , which provide behavioural guidance for public bodies on how they need to do business.
      • was conceived as a core channel to find data. The number of datasets now stands in excess of 6000 and the site is being made easier for the general public to use – it also contains blogs and news items and all the minutes and papers for the Transparency Board
      • E-petitions - in August 2011 the Government launched a new site that gives all citizens the power to influence government policy in the UK. Anybody can create an e-petition about anything that the Government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.
    • 5. Impact – why are we doing this?
      • Healthcare - longer, better-quality lives; reduced deaths and misery
      • Education - better pupil outcomes; reduced opportunity inequality
      • Criminal justice - a safer society; reduced criminal re-offending
      • Alongside each, a huge marketplace for entrepreneurs - e.g. healthcare data for life sciences will be worth another £15bn for the UK economy
    • 6. Drivers
      • Accountability to citizens
      • Choices for service users
      • Public service productivity
      • Public service quality
      • Social growth
      • Economic growth
      How much does my government spend? Which is the best school for my child? How can I deliver a more efficient court service? How safe is my local hospital? How can I access my medical record and share my views with other patients? How can I set up a business on public data? UNCLASSIFIED
    • 7. Scope
      • Data
            • All information held by a public authority
      • Public authority
            • Any service in receipt of full or partial public funding
      • Open
            • Available for free commercial re-use without restrictions
      • Access
            • Published frequently , in open formats to agreed standards