Innovative Methodology for Co-creation of Open Government Commitments

As one of Open Government Partnership’s co-founders, Brazil has developed a new co-creation methodology to define the commitments of its National Action Plans (NAP). It has envisaged co-creation workshops with parity participation of experts from government and civil society in chosen themes. The initiative aimed to conciliate the watchful eye of civil society’s representatives and the technical eye of those actors who live the reality of the state administrative machinery to set commitments.

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The methodology for the co-creation of commitments was materialized on the 3rd National Action Plan in response to the Brazilian government's desire to involve civil society more actively in OGP-related activities, solving gaps observed during its first years in the Partnership. As a result of an intense collaborative work, developed by representatives of government and civil society to implement this significant change in relation to the construction of previous plans, the methodology of the co-creation process was innovative, unique, internationally praised and replicated for succeeding in the effort of conciliating the watchful and rewarding eye of civil society’s representatives and the technical and legal eye of those actors who live the reality of the state administrative machinery to set commitments in Open Government.
The co-creation methodology predicts the realization of several workshops that stimulate the collaborative work between government and society, resulting in a wide debate among specialists on the prioritized themes. For each theme chosen, two co-creation workshops are held: the first to discuss the challenge to be faced and the second to define the commitment. Thus, at the end of the second stage, each group defines the Brazilian commitment in the theme, the actors responsible for its implementation and execution, as well as the deadlines, actions and milestones for monitoring.
This methodology overcome both the models that use simple public consultation to civil society on documents exclusively drafted by the government and those which fix government’s approval of propositions originated in civil society’s exclusive fora. The initiative strengthens democracy, the legitimacy of public action and promotes collective well-being. It is, therefore, a management model in which the government not only listens to society, but seeks solutions to meet the priority demands in a collaborative way.
Given the positive results achieved in Brazil's 3rd National Action Plan, the co-creation methodology was used again to build the 4th Plan and is expected to be used again in the preparing processes of future National Action Plan of the country, although there is always space for improvement.

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