Action Plan

Design:

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Commission for an Open Government made the decision to extend the execution period of the Action Plan to August 2022. When the first version of this plan was presented in 2019, there were no commitments from the Legislative Branch. However, in 2020 the Legislative Directorate approved its commitment, resulting in a ninth commitment in the Action Plan related to the Legislative Branch. With this, the plan has commitments from all government branches. Its transversal focus is the promotion of transparency, accountability, innovation and citizen participation in the public management processes of the three government branches.

The main motivation of this Action Plan is to govern with the citizens and not for the citizens. Indeed, the plan was co-created through a close relationship and collaboration between public institutions, civil society, the private sector, and academia. Nine principles were established for the process: transparency and trust, informed participation, evidence-based decision-making, joint learning, focus on the final beneficiary, inclusive participation, continuous participation, alignment with government priorities and country goals, and national vision. The co-creation process consisted of defining the thematic areas of the plan, prioritizing the problems for each thematic area, designing proposed solutions for each identified problem, and drafting the commitments for each area based on the prioritized problem.

Monitoring and evaluation:

National Platform for monitoring commitments (Click here)

Costa Rica Results Report 2019-2022 – For Public Comment - Independent Reporting Mechanism (Click here)

Commitments

Transversal topics: transparency, accountability, innovation, and citizen participation

Total commitments: 9
Subnational commitments: No

Open parliament commitments: Yes
Open justice commitments: Yes

Caracterización del Plan

1. Transparency and accountability in the projects developed by the Boards of Education

Publish in open and accessible formats information available on the existing Education Boards and Administrative Boards in the country on the institutional transparency portal of the Ministry of Public Education; collect and publish data on student assessments of each educational center; develop a tool for the Evaluation of Board Management.

2. Labor Prospection System and National Employment System with a participatory and transparent approach

Build an open data platform on employment, unemployment, employability profiles of the population and employment opportunities, broken down by territory; widely consult actors from different social sectors and localities in the preparation of the Labor Prospection System; establish a participatory and permanent mechanism to follow up, monitor and evaluate the development of the System.

3. GEOexplora+i to make the information on territorial planning transparent, support decision making and enhance citizen involvement

Develop and launch the final version of GEOexplora+I; articulate with other institutions to integrate information on territorial planning that contributes to decarbonization and climate change; form a Citizen Council for Territorial Planning to evaluate the information on the platform and generate recommendations; hold workshops with the expert user community; co-create a Citizen Participation Guide for Territorial Planning; take advantage of open spaces for citizen involvement to generate inputs and efforts.

5. Strengthening of citizen capacities and mechanisms for the prevention of corruption in the Public Administration based on open data

Co-create an Anti-Corruption Data Publication Guide; publish open data; open new or improve mechanisms and channels to oversee the management of public funds and acts of corruption; hold workshops for civil society and the private sector on the fight against corruption; open spaces with computer scientists, experts, entrepreneurs and journalists to co-create technological solutions.

6. Evaluation of simplified procedures from the citizens’ experience

Carry out workshops with citizens to evaluate the implementation of the improvements applied; articulate networks for the dissemination and communication of the results of the application of instruments or inputs developed; promote spaces for the exchange of good practices among public institutions.

9. Co-creation of a comprehensive, innovative, and multichannel citizen participation strategy for the Legislative Assembly on the basis of opening collaborative spaces and processes

Carry out a citizen consultation process about the Legislative Portal to point out shortcomings that the current website has; establish an Open State civic forum to evaluate existing regulations in terms of transparency, access to information, accountability and citizen participation.