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Workshop on Freedom of Information: From Theory to Practice Achieving a culture of openness and compliance with information rights within government. 21 May 2014 - Jerusalem Graham Smith Deputy Commissioner and Director of FOI. 3 “E”s. Education Encouragement Enforcement. Awareness.

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21 may 2014 jerusalem graham smith deputy commissioner and director of foi

Workshop on Freedom of Information: From Theory to PracticeAchieving a culture of openness and compliance with information rights within government

21 May 2014 - Jerusalem

Graham Smith

Deputy Commissioner and Director of FOI


3 e s

3 “E”s

  • Education

  • Encouragement

  • Enforcement


Awareness

Awareness

  • Rights and obligations

  • Content of FOI law

  • Background to FOI law

  • Policy objectives

  • Experience of other jurisdictions


Benefits of transparency

Benefits of transparency

  • Citizen engagement

  • Empowerment

  • Accountability

  • Trust


Approaches to transparency

Approaches to transparency

  • Proactive transparency

  • Open data

  • Publication schemes

  • Reactive transparency

  • Requests for information


Learning from experience

Learning from experience

  • Reasoned explanations for decisions

  • Refusal notices

  • Disclosure logs

  • ICO decision notices

  • Tribunal and court decisions


Sharing experience

Sharing experience

  • Networks

  • Conferences and events

  • On-line resources

  • Social media


Leadership

Leadership

  • Political leadership

  • Executive leadership

  • Networked leadership

  • Transparency champions

  • Stressing positive outcomes

  • Managing expectations


Opportunities

Opportunities

  • Communication strategies

  • A vehicle for effecting change

  • Records management

  • Business benefits

  • Link to service delivery

  • New approaches to old problems


Things to avoid

Things to avoid

  • Over-legalistic approach

  • Bureaucratic mindset

  • Ownership issues – it’s public information

  • All or nothing

  • Risk aversion

  • Victim mentality


Context and forward look

Context and forward look

  • Technology

  • Consumer and societal expectations

  • Social media

  • Take charge of the agenda

  • Global trends

  • International examples


Enforcement

Enforcement

  • Consequences of non-compliance

  • Law and practicality

  • Proportionality

  • What’s achievable

  • Small steps or shock treatment

  • Articulate policy


Link to education

Link to Education

  • Publish and publicise outcomes

  • Explaining decisions

  • Building jurisprudence

  • Demonstrate public interest

  • Learn from your mistakes

  • Learn from others’ mistakes


Conclusions

Conclusions

  • Education, encouragement and enforcement

  • Augmented by experience

  • Transparency is not an end in itself

  • Link to public service and citizenship

  • Culture change does not happen overnight

  • Approach to compliance drives culture change


21 may 2014 jerusalem graham smith deputy commissioner and director of foi

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