As part of the USAID Civic Engagement Project, a new wave of openness measurements of 17 local self-government institutions in the Republic of North Macedonia will begin tomorrow (26 May 2020).

The Metamorphosis Foundation, in partnership with Kvantum Prima Kavadarci, CID Kumanovo, Association Multicultura Tetovo, FRLZ Štip, Blink 42-21 Skopje, LDA Struga, ACTAC Prilep, and Sky Plus Strumica, will conduct monitoring of municipalities divided in every statistical region in our country.

The Openness Index is a composite indicator that determines the degree of openness of institutions to citizens and society and was created in order to define the extent to which citizens receive appropriate and understandable information from institutions.

To measure the level of institutional openness, following international standards, recommendations, and examples of good practices, the Openness Index will monitor institutions according to specific quantitative and qualitative indicators, such as access to information on the official websites of institutions, the quality of the legal framework for certain issues, other sources of public information, published data on the operation of the institution, public procurement, information on public spending, etc.

After the measurement of the openness of the municipalities, and based on the analyzed data, the Metamorphosis Foundation will prepare a document for public policies and will organize an advocacy campaign in order to help the targeted municipalities in raising their openness.

The Civic Engagement Project is being implemented by the East West Management Institute (EWMI) in partnership with four local civil society organizations: the Metamorphosis Foundation for Internet and Society, the Association for Democratic Initiatives (ADI), the Foundation Open Society Macedonia (FOSM), and the National Youth Council of Macedonia (NYCM).