Open Government Network - Open Local Government Workshops

July 16, 2021

The Open Government Network NI are running a series of virtual workshops to help identify open government issues important to citizens and to ultimately improve local democracy and public services.

The workshop dates are:

17th Aug: South-West area -

19th Aug: Ards & N Down and Lisburn CC -

24th Aug: North-East area -

26th Aug: South-East area -

More from the OGN NI on the aim of the workshops:

To prepare for the workshop, we ask you to think of at least one barrier to open local government that you or your organisation has experienced, as these will form the main discussion for the session.

With attendees spanning the voluntary sector, the general public and statutory bodies, it will be a great way to engage with local issues and connect with participants in your area.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss the workshops further, please get in touch with NIOGN by emailing We hope you will join us to work on open government issues together.

This project is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s Great Ideas Fund.

Background on Open Local Government Project

The Open Local Government project will see the Northern Ireland Open Government Network (NIOGN) hosting a series of workshops across NI, inviting groups and individuals to identify open government issues that affect them. We will then select two issues identified from the workshops to support over the next year.

Ultimately, the purpose of the project is to boost the health and effectiveness of local democracy by breaking down barriers to transparency, accountability and participation. You can read more about the project here.