We support progress toward open and accountable governance in countries and communities around the world. We do so by generating data, supporting the work of country-level reformers, and by influencing global conversations on open governance.
We concentrate our work on four thematic areas which are central to the open governance agenda:
- Data, learning and citizen engagement. Our work on this theme aims to shape policy and practice as regards the role that data, learning and citizen engagement can play in supporting progress toward open and effective governance. It includes projects on learning in the transparency and accountability space; citizen-generated data; using indicator-based assessments such as the Africa Integrity Indicators and our US-focused work on State Integrity to support policy dialogue; and, designing governance assessments to maximize their value to country-level learning.
- Multi-stakeholder governance initiatives and the Open Government Partnership in particular. Our work on this theme aims to enhance the effectiveness of initiatives including the Open Government Partnership by strengthening their learning functions and making the most of their interconnections. It includes the comparative case studies we are leading on open government reformers’ attempts to lever the power of OGP.
- Open fiscal governance. Our work on this theme aims to improve the ability of citizens to “follow the money”, that is, to track and shape the use of public resources. It includes citizen-centered diagnoses of the fiscal governance landscape, including in Mexico, and advocacy intended to shape policy and practice on fiscal governance.
- Money, politics, and transparency. Our work under this theme aims to inform efforts to improve the regulation of campaign finance. Building on our Campaign Finance Indicators project, it increasingly extends beyond data collection to supporting country-level policy dialogues about campaign finance regulation.
Priorities as a partner of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
To partner with governments and civil society to produce and use data that facilitate learning around aspects of open governance and sustainable development. Establishing such partnerships is important in order to generate reliable local data, address the lack of local skills around their use and reduce inequalities in access to data, all of which hampers the achievement of sustainable development.