In 2014 OGP hosted its first annual Open Government Awards ceremony at the United Nations, in the presence of 10 World Leaders and hundreds of civil society leaders from around the world. The theme of the Awards – Citizen Engagement – asked how are governments involving citizens in designing and implementing public policy or public services, how has the process benefited both government and citizens, and is it a sustainable program?
Thirty-three countries applied – almost all of them joint applications between governments and civil society organizations. An international group of 22 judges from 20 countries, representing governments, civil society, multilaterals and the private sector scored each application. The top 10 initiatives - all rich in content but extremely diverse in terms of their approach - were honored at the OGP High-Level event at the United Nations.
Below is a snapshot of the winning initiatives and a brief summary of what they had achieved.
Citizens track public spending and monitor its impact on the community.
Citizens influence how government values property to promote transparent tax assessment.
Citizens engage in policymaking on complex science and technology projects.
Citizens report on security issues and access legal and psychological aid for crime victims.
Children propose ideas to help the City Council meet their infastructure and security needs.
Federal Agencies host competitions to find citizen solutions to urgent policy problems.
A government portal allows the public to vote on, improve, and submit visualizations of government data.