OPEN GOVERNMENT: REVISING PRINCIPLES TO CHALLENGE PRACTICES

ONLINE SPECIALIZATION COURSE

ABOUT THE COURSE

Open Government is the paradigm that is revolutionizing public management around the world, transforming its conception and practices. Its scope is very broad, envolving multitude of actors, such as the media, academia, politics, civil society and citizenship, who takes on an active role in the policies’ development/implementation/evaluation.

Are you working in the public sector and want to launch open government initiatives? Are you a student and want to specialize in Open Government? Do you belong to a civil society organization and want to deepen your knowledge of Open Government? Are you a citizen interested in Open Government, do you want to learn more in order to later apply the knowledge aquired in your community? We propose you to enter the “Jungle” of the Open Government with a specialization course designed in a collaborative way, with the contributions of multiple actors from both public and private sector, offering an European and Latin American approach to the concept of Open Government.

The online specialization course is developed within the framework of TOGIVE project (Transatlantic Open Government Partnership), co-funded by the Erasmus + program and is the result of the collaboration of 8 European and Latin American Universities: University of La Laguna (Spain), University of Bucks (United Kingdom); UNINETTUNO (Italy), UNR and UMET (Argentina), UAEMEX and UNIVDEP (Mexico), with the collaboration of private entities such as NovaGob, EVM and AV6.

ADDRESSED TO

  • Public professionals
  • Social organizations
  • Interested citizens
Course start:         10/04/2018

Course end:          18/09/2018

Workload:               8-9 hours per week

CERTIFICATES

The specialization course consists of 7 MOOCs and Final Project each with a duration of 3 weeks and a workload of 8 to 9 hours/week.

Enrolled participants who will finish all MOOCs will have the possibility of opting for a certificate from the University of La Laguna.

Participants can also enroll in MOOCs individually, and after compliting the course, they will be able to access a TOGIVE project certification, signed by the University promoting the MOOC completed.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

We expect that the course will enable participants with:

Critical capacity for:

  • understanding the conceptual developments that give foundation to Open Government and its different scopes, processes and treatments for public decision making.
  • recognizing and examining the principles of Open Government and its relationship with the knowledge society: participation, transparency, innovation and intensive use of information technologies.
  • questioning the impact of Open Government on democracies, public administrations and social organizations.

Competencies in the evaluation of the scope of Open Government for the reduction of inequalities and asymmetries, the extension of public deliberation and effective social control.
Competencies in identifying, analysing and resolving Open Government implementation challenges in different technological, social and institutional contexts.

By the end of the course we expect participants will be able to ponder on:

  • What is being done in their organization/community to develop, implement Open Government?
  • What are the strengths and obstacles encountered in that process?
  • How to deepen its implementation? What are the technologies/tools available?
  • How does Open Government interpellate democracies and popular organizations?
  • What new challenges are presented to local and subnational governments?

COMPETENCIES

B1. Possess and understand knowledge in an area of ​​study that starts from the basis of principles of public administration and public management.
B2. Possess and understand knowledge that, although supported by advanced textbooks, also includes some aspects that imply knowledge coming from the vanguard of its field of study.
B3. Apply knowledge to work or vocation in a professional manner and possess the skills that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defense of arguments and the resolution of problems within the area of ​​work or study.
B4. Gather and interpret relevant data (normally within the area of ​​study) to make judgments that include a reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
B5. Transmit information, ideas, problems and solutions to a specialized and general public.
B6. Develop the necessary learning skills to undertake further studies with a medium-high degree of autonomy.

SC1. Integrate knowledge and skills to execute an appropriate professional or academic work in the field of administration or management of an organization.
SC2.- Plan and direct the structural management of an organization.
SC3.- Prepare and interpret the socioeconomic status of entities and reports for management and organizational purposes.
SC4.- Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in the technical advisory functions entrusted.
SC5.- Analyze, formulate and compare general strategies of an organization, as well as the policies of action of the different functional areas.
SC6.- Demonstrate understanding of the relationship and impact of information systems in management processes, and be active in its implementation.
SC7.- Identify organizational models, understanding the socio-economic and socio-political nature of human relations in institutional contexts.

MOOCs INCLUDED

The Specialization online course includes 8 MOOCs with a total dedication of 200 hours in 6 months.

MOOC 1: Open Government Jungle

In this course we will reflect on the origins of Open Government. We will discover the different views of governmental and non-governmental actors. We will also consider the challenges that governments face in implementing the principles that Open Government involves. And, at the end of the course we will invite you to analyze: how much of Open Government is there in gender policies? Between perspectives, traditions, actors, projections and challenges, we welcome you to the jungle of Open Government.

Dates: 10th – 30th of April 2018

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The contents are organized into three areas:

Week 1: Origins and principles of Open Government. We will reflect on the principles of Open Government and the impact of digital technologies on the new game rules that arise in the State-society relationship.

Week 2: The promoters of the international ecosystem. We will see what perspectives, objectives and contributions are presented by AGA, CLAD and OECD for the development of Open Government.

Week 3: The challenges of Open Government. We will discuss how the state opens up and we will see the view of other social actors on this issue. We will also analyze components of open government in gender policies.

MOOC 2: Citizen participation and collaboration

In this course we will review the main concepts of citizen participation and collaboration, develop a participation practice using social networks and reflect on the challenge of participating and collaborating with open governments.

Dates: 02nd – 22nd of May 2018

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Week 1. Citizen participation. We will identify the main ideas of citizen participation in the context of open government by discussing them in the course forum.

Week 2. Citizen Collaboration. We will talk about citizen collaboration in a practical way by participating in an exercise using social networks.

Week 3. Participation and Citizen Collaboration in Digital Media. We will review a case where participation and collaboration have been implemented and we invite you to talk about other similar examples.

MOOC 3: Public Innovation and Open Government: myths, journeys and avatars

In this course we will address public innovation, we will confront old and new ideas, present different approaches and perspectives as well as several case studies.

Dates: 23rd of May – 12th of June, 2018

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Week 1. We will introduce some key ideas about public innovation and we will carry out a dynamic activity in social networks.

Week 2. Brief historical journey of ideas and experiences of innovation in public administration to focus on Open Governement as public innovation. Reading will be suggested and a reading control will be developed.

Week 3. We propose to work with concrete experiences. The experiences of public innovation labs, initiatives of governments at different levels and also a multiplicity of experiences linked to civil society.

MOOC 4: Public Information Management

In this course we will work from the concepts of public data, its implication and management by the different actors involved.

Dates:  13th of June – 03rd of July

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Week 1. The module will be introduced and the video “Open data changes lives” will be discussed in the course forum.

Week 2. We will approach some theoretical concepts about open data, its philosophical debates, to be able to think about who are the winners and who the losers with this opening. Reading will be suggested and a reading control will be developed.

Week 3. This week we will show a video tutorial on the processing of data from a public source and it is expected that students will be able, at the end of the week, to do the same with some experience from their country.

MOOC 5: Digital Technologies for Open Government

The course approaches the development of tools for Open Government, defining the topic within the process of digitalization of Public Administration. The experience of digitization is not limited to the national context, but includes supranational territorial areas in which the exchange of data and information takes place. The objective is to analyze the best practices so that these practices constitute a moment of comparison for the operators, also reflecting on the possibilities of exchange of experiences between Europe and Latin America. The analysis then extends to the creation of open data platforms aimed at providing a concrete implementation of the principles of transparency and right of access public information and the perspective of governance between the different levels of government.

Dates: 04th  – 20th of July 2018

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Week 1. The thematics of the first week are: the introduction of the digitalization of public administration through the analysis of the European Digital Agenda experience, which identifies good practices for the development of digital public systems in the supranational scope. The European experience is, therefore, a case study relevant to the development of digitalization in supranational contexts.

Week 2. This week we analyzed the creation of Open Data platforms for the dissemination of data related to the management of public administrations. In particular, the course deepens the good practices of free access to data of the economic and financial performance of the Public Administration in a perspective of greater transparency (Freedom of Information Act).

Week 3. The course analyzes good practices related to the development and implementation of open databases that allow the dissemination of information on the economic and financial performance related to the different levels of government of the Public Administration, from the central to the local level. In this sense, technologies are not interpreted only as instruments of transparency but as true governmental levers of the Public Administration

MOOC 6: Open Government Policies development
 

The objective of this course is to offer a panorama on the practical interpretation of the Open Government philosophy. This overview will allow participants to have a general idea of ​​where the efforts are going to advance in the cultural and technological transformation that implied by the institutionalization of the principles of Open Government and its adoption as a guideline of behavior, not only within public management, but also in the field of interactions between the State and citizens, in order to generate more transparent, participatory and collaborative links. Different examples of open government policies and initiatives will be presented according to the following categories:

  • Initiatives of transparency and access to information;
  • Accountability initiatives;
  • Citizen participation initiatives; and
  • Initiatives of collaboration and public innovation.

Dates: 25th of July – 14th of August 2018

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Week 1. We will review the conceptual elements of public policies.

Week 2. We will discuss the types of open government policies, as well as open government as a State policy.

Week 3. We will analyzes citizen participation in the design of public policies and examples of open government policies.

MOOC 7: Ethical principles for Open Government

If we understand politics as the decision-making that affects others, ethics as well as reflection on the goodness or badness of such decisions and pedagogy as the relationship between ethics and politics, what kind of education do those people need? manage the public and that represent us in the institutions? From the philosophy, the pedagogy and the politics we are going to deliberate around which ethical principles should prioritize public administration reforms towards the good practices so that the institutions serve as guarantor of the common good and recover the confidence of citizens.

Dates: 15th of August – 04th of September

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Week 1. In the first week we will work on the differences between ethics and morals, we will talk about democratic values and ethical principles for open government.

Week 2. In the second week we will analyze the prevalence of the neoliberal metanarratives to discuss around areas of impunity that result from an absent state and where citizens progressively lose rights, making them vulnerable.

Week 3. In the third week, we will collectively configure, after participating, debating and sharing, an ethical decalogue for public administration reform.

MOOC 8: Final Project

TEAM

Ángela Sierra
Ángela Sierra

University of La Laguna

Andrés González
Andrés González

University of La Laguna

Rita Grandinetti
Rita Grandinetti

UNR

Noelia Radyna
Noelia Radyna

UNR

David Valle
David Valle

UAEMEX

Mª Lourdes González
Mª Lourdes González

University of La Laguna

Camila Chirino
Camila Chirino

UMET

Patricia Nari
Patricia Nari

UNR

Mauricio Covarrubias
Mauricio Covarrubias

UNIVDEP

Alberto Romolini
Alberto Romolini

UNINETTUNO

Mª Belén San Nicolás
Mª Belén San Nicolás

University of La Laguna

Analía Salvatierra
Analía Salvatierra

UMET

Marcelo de la Torre
Marcelo de la Torre

UNR

Jorge Enrique Pérez
Jorge Enrique Pérez

UNIVDEP

Federico Carli
Federico Carli

UNINETTUNO

Pedro Perera
Pedro Perera

University of La Laguna

Exequiel Meza
Exequiel Meza

UMET

Irene Castagnani
Irene Castagnani

UNR

Rodrigo Sandoval
Rodrigo Sandoval

UAEMEX