How We Will Seek to Collaborate with Other Agencies on Open Government Efforts
We believe that it will continue to be vital to collaborate with other agencies in the advancement of Open Government across the government. We plan to do so in several ways:
- Continued leadership of and participation in the volunteer interagency workgroup on Open Government “leading practices”
- Sharing of the “Participation and Collaboration Resource Menu” we will be developing with other agencies
- Continued leadership of and support for an intergovernmental community of practice on “ideation tools” – tools that can help agencies gather and process ideas from employees and the public. Currently, over 30 federal agencies participate in this forum, which meets monthly and also communicates via an intergovernmental portal
- Leadership of an “Open Government for Health” interagency group (launched on March 2) on how agencies can coordinate or integrate complementary data for public release
- Naming of an HHS advocate for Open Government who can get the word out about what HHS is doing on Open Government and is available to talk with other agencies about what HHS has learned. This advocate will initially be Todd Park, HHS Chief Technology Officer and one of the senior accountable officials for Open Government
Sharing of all materials, results, tools, and training that could be transferable to other agencies with the government-wide Open Government Steering Committee
There is a discussion on What does good collaboration look like? (RE: April OGD Workshop @ USDA)at http://www.govloop.com/forum/topics/what-does-good-collaboration?xg_source=activity This includes my observation that: While collaboration is natural in some societies, and can come natural in pre-existing teams, generous collaboration can seem unnatural when new groups form. People don't understand each others agenda or intentions. And groups need to buy into shared objectives. More than one or two people need to be passionaltely involved. And the group needs to understanding who needs to do what by when and why; so there need to be effective communidation on these. To be effective collaboration and communication needs some time to work and let group trust and cohension develop. In this process it must avoid various putfalls and barriers. If these barriers are structurally build in by organizations that people work in they are particularly damagng. Real collaborartion will avoid some of the perceived barriers to collaboration which include (from a large literature) : Fear of the unknow or "stranger danger"; - a reluctance to share with others unknown to you Old wine in new bottles or "needle in a haystack"; people believe that others may have already solved your problem but how do you find such solutions? Fear of new wine or "Not Invented Here" which is the opposite side of the previous barrier; this is the avoidance of earlier work, research or knowledge because it was not originally developed within the "group" and has no institutional standing. Controlling resoureces or "hoarding"; based on previous experience some "collaborators" will not fully share knowledge because they see their "expertise" as a source of power - after all isn't that how people get recognized and get ahead?
Is there more informtion available about the â€œOpen Government for Healthâ€ interagency group?