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Introducing: Your New Research Companion For Transparency In Policy-Making

In our new Annotated Bibliography, we provide an up-to-date overview of the current principles, research and best practices on how to implement transparency in policy-making.

In the realm of policy-making, transparency serves as a vital foundation for building trust and ensuring accountability. It goes beyond the mere disclosure of final decisions: it involves ensuring the entire decision-making process is accessible, comprehensible, and subject to scrutiny.

Transparency involves providing the public and stakeholders with information about the formulations, implementation, and evaluation of policies. This transparency can take various forms, including disclosure of data, public consultations, and clear communication.

Transparency empowers citizens to be more engaged in various democratic processes, which in turn builds trust between the governments and the public they serve. When citizens understand how decisions are made, the rationale behind them, and the evidence considered, they can engage meaningfully in the policy-making processes. This also enables engagement from a variety of stakeholders, including non-profit organizations, businesses, and advocacy groups, therefore ensuring the inclusion of perspectives and concerns of a broad range of constituents. Hence, transparency fosters a sense of shared responsibility and collaboration.

This is why, today, I am excited to share our latest report with you: an Annotated Bibliography for Transparency in Policy-Making. This annotated bibliography provides an up-to-date overview of the current principles, research, and best practices to implement transparency in policy-making.

Check out my video update below to hear more about our latest work at E4D and how you can use our new annotated bibliography as a guiding tool in your work!

The annotated bibliography explores themes of transparency and accountability, and their intricate relationship with policy-making and good governance, across a selection of academic articles, case studies, and reports. The selected studies provide a historical perspective on the evolution of transparency in decision-making, highlighting how governments interpret accessible information and evidence in decision-making, as well as methodological frameworks for evaluating transparency across diverse policy areas.

We encourage students, researchers, policy-makers, and anyone interested in understanding transparency in decision-making to use this resource to learn about recent developments related to implementing transparency in policy-making, and as a roadmap to guide you through this landscape.

Our new Annotated Bibliography for Transparency in Policy-Making is the next step in our ongoing Eyes on Evidence series, building on past assessments of transparency across federal and provincial governments across Canada. This is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting transparency in government decision-making, and we look forward to sharing more resources in the near future.

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