Open government is a culture of governance that seeks to fundamentally change the way in which governments and citizens interact. Along with the progressive consolidation of countries’ open government agendas, there has been an increasingly loud call for performance indicators that can measure the impact of open government initiatives on broader policy goals (e.g. levels of trust in government).
The OECD is taking this call seriously: Based on the OECD Recommendation of the Council on Open Government (2017), the Dashboard is the first in a series of tools that will ultimately enable the open government community to be able to measure outcomes and impacts. Some sections of the Dashboard were created in close collaboration with the Open Government Partnership.
What is the Dashboard?
The Dashboard is a website that comprises indicators on different open government topics. The present beta-version includes 55 indicators (more to be added over time) that are divided into five sections:
The Dashboard focuses on the governance arrangements and mechanisms for open government policies. It provides answers to questions such as: What policies guide countries’ open government agendas? Which measures are countries taking to combat on-line hate speech and harassment? Which institutions oversee the implementation of access to information laws? What kind of online portals to facilitate citizen participation do OECD member and partner countries have in place?
The data presented here was gathered through the 2020 OECD Survey on Open Government which aims to monitor the implementation of the 2017 OECD Recommendation of the Council on Open Government.
What are the key features of the Dashboard?
For the first time, the Dashboard gives the open government and public governance community the possibility to track progress, compare practices and establish benchmarks on a diverse range of open government topics.
The Dashboard allows users to interact with the data collected by the OECD. They can easily:
A users’ manual is available in the “useful links” section below and an explanatory video will be uploaded shortly.
What are the next steps?
The Open Government Dashboard is designed as a living tool that will be constantly updated, upgraded and expanded. Over the course of 2022, the OECD Secretariat will expand the present beta-version in the following ways:
Useful links and information
The data presented in the Dashboard were collected through the 2020 OECD Survey on Open Government, which was administered between November 2020 and March 2021. All data presented here refers to the status quo in responding countries as of 30 October 2020. The first version of the Dashboard includes data from 44 countries, including 34 OECD Members:
In addition to the survey data, the Dashboard includes the following two external sources: