Directorate for Public Governance

Draft OECD Recommendation of the Council on Open Government: Online public consultation


In the spirit of open government, the OECD launched an online public consultation on the draft Recommendation on 10 July 2017.

The aim of the consultation was to reach government officials, civil society organizations, international organizations and interested citizens from all over the world in order to ensure that the final text of the Recommendation reflects the experience, needs and aspirations of the global open government community at large.

Colleagues within the Public Governance Directorate in the Secretariat were also encouraged to participate in the consultation in an effort to improve internal consultation mechanisms. The consultation was closed on 10 September 2017 and generated significant interest on social media, with related posts being extensively shared and commented.

The OECD Open Government Team would like to thank all participants for their interest in the public consultation on the draft Recommendation of the Council on Open Government.

The OECD Secretariat has updated the draft Recommendation based on the input received. If you would like to browse through this input, it has been made available in an anonymised, open and reusable manner.





Participants overview


General overview

  • 105 participants submitted their response.

  • Participants came from 44 different countries and territories, including 19 OECD countries, 25 countries and territories which are not members of the OECD and 2 participants who did not specify their nationality.

  • 78% of participants indicated they were currently working in the area of open government 22% of participants were not 

  • 39 years: Average age of participants

  • 13%: percentage of participants below the age of 29





Details of the draft Recommendation and online public consultation

The Recommendation will provide future adherents with a comprehensive overview of the following five areas:

1) how to develop and implement open government strategies and initiatives

2) how to establish a specific environment to enable open government to flourish

3) how to promote open and inclusive policymaking through stakeholder’s participation

4) how the government can foster a culture of monitoring and evaluation of open government practices

5) how to encourage a paradigm shift from open government towards open state (when all public institutions of the executive, parliament, and the judiciary, independent public institutions, and all levels of government join forces and collaborate with civil society, academia, the media, and the private sector to design and implement a reform agenda to make public governance more transparent, accountable and participatory).

The draft Recommendation was circulated publicly for consultation (deadline: 10 September 2017).  It is still a work in progress at the OECD and the content may be subject to modifications, including in order to take account of comments received through the public consultation. Contributions will be analysed and the OECD may publish them only in an aggregated and anonymous manner.  Information on the contributors (i.e. nationality, gender, profession, etc.) will be collected for statistical purposes only.

Governments, civil society organizations, international organisations, the private sector, academics and individuals were encouraged to participate in the consultation and help shape the future of the governance of open government.

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* The OECD defines open government as “a citizen-centred culture of governance that utilizes innovative and sustainable tools, policies and practices to promote government transparency, responsiveness and accountability to foster stakeholders’ participation in support of democracy and inclusive growth”.



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