Pushing the Boundaries in Open Governance: Insights from OGP Asia Pacific Regional Conference in Bali, Indonesia (Day 1)

The plenary room of Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center was jam-packed at 845 in the morning, with representatives from different countries in the Asia-Pacific region and all over the globe joining the first regional conference on open data hosted by the Government of Indonesia.  The conference stage backdrop depicts a million colourful cranes moving in one direction ...

Step Up presents result of Open LGU Study to Bohol

Step Up Consulting Services presented the result of its study “Opening the Gates: Will Open Data Initiatives Make Local Governments in the Philippines More Transparent?” or Open LGU Research Project in a Presentation and Validation Workshop held in the afternoon of February 25, 2014 at the MetroCentre Hotel and Convention Center. The research team, composed ...

Budget Badger, Hackathon winner, holds promise for budget monitoring

    Budget Badger, the winning application of the recently conducted hackathon in the Philippines that the Philippine government sponsored last year was presented to the public in the second day of the Good Governance Summit. The application, which allows the creative presentation of the national budget as well as tracking where different projects are ...

Open LGU Research Team presents research findings in Good Governance Summit

The Open LGU Research Team presents initial findings of its research “Opening the Gates: Will Open Data Initiatives Make Local Governments in the Philippines More Transparent?” in the recently concluded Good Governance Summit held at the Philippine International Convention Center last 15-17 January 2014.  The summit, sponsored by the Philippine Government featured the initiatives towards ...

Research Team Conducts Analysis Workshop

The Open Data Team of Step Up Consulting held a data analysis workshop last 21-22 December 2013 at the Dao Diamond Hotel. The workshop aimed at synthesizing fieldwork results of two case studies of the research project “Opening the Gates: Will Open Data Initiatives Make Local Governments in the Philippines More Transparent?”. The Open Data team ...

Open LGU research team completes Bohol fieldwork

The Open LGU Research Team completes the fieldwork for one of its case sites for the study that explores the effect of opening government data to the public to the efforts of local governments in promoting transparency and accountability in local governance in the Philippines.  Bohol, at the heart of central Visayas, is chosen as ...

Increased Clamour for FOI Bill as Open LGU Research Project gains momentum

  Several stakeholders from both public and the private sector increased their lobbying and advocacy work for the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill by the 16th Philippine Congress. The FOI Bill has been proposed for more than 10 years but has not been given sufficient attention by lawmakers. In early July this ...

Lessons in Tools Development 4

I should say that one of the most challenging tasks I experienced in this research was developing the tools.  I think the challenge comes from the fact that we are dealing with a new phenomenon (i.e. open data) in a sensitive context (i.e. local government).  Also, the approach hinges more on the qualitative side that ...