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“Citizen engagement in decision making processes” workshop in April

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March 19, 2015 by Veronica Crețu

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WHY CITIZEN ENGAGEMENT?! 

Recent events have shown that the relationship between government and citizens is in need of repair. In just the last few years, we have witnessed calls from all over the world, from the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street to the Open Government Partnership, for governments to become more open, accountable and responsive by deepening their engagement with citizens. As a result, interest in citizen engagement programs for effective development has gained momentum.

Citizen engagement is what open government is all about. It underpins many of the processes described in this online guide – with active citizenship often being a vital link between transparency and accountability. The Open Government Partnership recognizes this in its eligibility criteria, stating that: ‘Open Government requires openness to citizen participation and engagement in policy-making and governance, including basic protections for civil liberties’ (Open Government Partnership). In an increasingly complex world, citizens’ input is a critical resource for policy-making. Good decision-making requires the knowledge, experiences, views and values of the public. Implementing difficult decisions depends on citizens’ consent and support. Unless citizens understand and are engaged in the decision themselves, trust is easily lost (OECD, 2009).

In line with the above, Open Government Institute, E-Government Center Moldova and e-Governance Academy Estonia are organizing a “Citizen engagement in decision making processes” Workshop on April 7-8, 2015 at Regency Hotel, Chisinau.

The press-release for the upcoming events in April can be accessed from hereMoldova_OpenGov_April_pressrelease

The workshop will bring together public officials of Ministries and representatives of CSOs, partners of the Moldovan Central Public Authorities for developing capability to engage and be engaged in open decision-making process.

The objective of the workshop are:

  • To introduce the concept of open decision making;
  • To present the concept of the Guidebook on Citizen engagement in decision making and get feedback and recommendations from both public servants and representatives of CSOs;
  • To get practical knowledge how to manage different stages of complex decision making processes (based on Estonian experiences and practices)

The workshop is based on real situations which may occur in decision-making processes, using interactive methods and formats.

The workshop will be conducted by both Estonian and Moldovan experts:

Estonian team members:

  • Liia Hänni, e-Governance Academy
  • Kristina Reinsalu, e-Governance Academy
  • Hille Hinsberg, Praxis

Moldovan team members:

  • Veronica Cretu, President, Open Government Institute
  • Onorica Banciu, Expert, Open Government Institute
  • Nicolae Cretu, Program Director, Open Government Institute
  • Constantin Rusu, Expert, Open Government Institute

 

AGENDA

DAY 1 – April 7 (10:00- 16:00)

Time Session Details
9:30 – 10:00 Registration of participants
10:00 – 10:30 Introductory Session
  • Welcoming remarks by Stela Mocan, Executive Director, E-Government Center and Ruslan Codreanu Head of Policies, Strategic Planning and Foreign Aid Division, State Chancellary
  • Presentation of participants, presentation of the experts/team and sharing the main objectives of the event and project, how is connected to OGP and Information Society, what are the expected outcomes for Moldova
10:30- 11:00 Session 1- Guidebook Presentation of the draft 0 of the Guidebook and its objectives
11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 13:00 Session 2 – Engagement Process Practical exercises: modelling of engagement process based on real cases and the topics of modelling process are:

  • Stating the objective (What we can achieve with engagement?)
  • Engagement plan (Whom and when to engage?)
  • Stages of engagement, intensity levels and forms, objectives of each one
  • Outcome of the process
  • Reflections of participants (what was most complicated?)

 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 15:00 Session 3 Engagement tools and practices

  • Different methods of engagement (round-tables etc),
  • Short role games to experiment different methods for solving role conflicts etc)
  • Evaluation of the process using different formats

 

15:00 – 15:30 Session 4
  • Presentation of Estonian good practices of citizen-engagement in decision making processes- Nation´s Assembly and its outcomes
  • Q&A
15:30 – 16:00 Wrapping-up session
  • Concluding remarks, questions, feedback, reflections

DAY 2- April 8 (9:00-14:15)

Time Session Details
8:30 – 9:00 Registration of participants
9:00 – 9:30 Introduction
  • Welcoming remarks by Stela Mocan, Executive Director, E-Government Center and Ruslan Codreanu Head of Policies, Strategic Planning and Foreign Aid Division, State Chancellary
  • Presentation of participants, presentation of the experts/team and sharing the main objectives of the event and project, how is connected to OGP and Information Society, what are the expected outcomes for Moldova
9:30- 11:00 Session 1 – Engagement Process Practical exercises: modelling of engagement process based on real cases and the topics of modelling process are:

  • Stating the objective (What we can achieve with engagement?)
  • Engagement plan (Whom and when to engage?)
  • Stages of engagement, intensity levels and forms, objectives of each one
  • Outcome of the process
  • Reflections of participants (what was most complicated?)

 

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee break  
11:15 – 12:00 Session 2 Different methods of engagement  Engagement tools and practices

  • Different methods of engagement (round-tables etc),
  • Short role games to experiment different methods for solving role conflicts etc)
  • Evaluation of the process using different formats

 

12:00 – 12:45 Lunch break
12:45 – 13:15 Session 3- Guidebook Presentation of the draft 0 of the Guidebook and its objectives
13:15– 13:45 Session 4
  • Presentation of Estonian good practices of citizen-engagement in decision making processes- Nation´s Assembly and its outcomes
  • Q&A
13:45 – 14:15 Wrapping-up session
  • Concluding remarks, questions, feedback, reflections

 Make sure to register by March 31st via the registration form at http://www.ega.ee/MoldovaOpenGov/seminar 

 

 


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