In Spring 2010, OpenTheGovernment.org launched a project to evaluate federal agencies’ progress towards fulfilling President Obama’s commitment to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government in order to strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.
The project was launched with an audit of the Open Government Plans agencies were required to develop by April 7, 2010, under the Open Government Directive (OGD). Initial results of the audit were released in May, and updated results were released at the end of June. The next phase of the project is the development of metrics to evaluate implementation of open government.
Led by faculty from the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies atMiami University of Ohio and the Center for Library and Information Innovation at the University of Maryland, the contributors to this project a group of volunteers with experience working with agencies and evaluating information policies from nonprofit groups, academia, and other organizations that serve the public interest propose an evaluation framework that measures agencies according to the availability of information critical for accountability, progress against the open government plan, and accessibility.
We welcome feedback on this proposal. Click on the three areas of the evaluation for more detail about the proposal, and leave your comments. Before beginning our evaluation, we will review and respond to comments.