On March 22 and 23, the Metamorphosis Foundation, as part of the USAID Civic Engagement Project, held its first training for openness for civil servants from ministries and agencies. Over 25 representatives of state institutions attended the training based on the principles of the Openness Index.
The purpose of the trainings was to build civil servants’ capacities with tools and methods that serve to improve openness in their respective institutions.
As part of the project activities, the Metamorphosis Foundation monitored the implementation of the Action Plan of the Transparency Strategy and we monitor the openness of the institutions through the Openness Index. The Openness Index is a composite set of indicators that assesses the performance of the executive branch of power in the area of good governance with a focus on four pillars: accessibility, awareness, integrity and transparency, with an encompassing theme – open data.
The training covered the following topics:
- Understanding openness from a citizen’s perspective;
- How to ensure the effective and proactive exercise of the right of access to information;
- How to use social media and websites to communicate and engage the community;
- The importance of regularly collecting and updating data;
- Ensuring the integrity of civil servants;
- The importance of well-designed and conducted public debates and consultations;
The second openness training for civil servants will be held on April 4 and 5, 2022.