From draft to final report
Well we put the finishing touches to the final report on Friday and it’s been working its way through the proofing and designing stage.
We will be ready to provide the finished report to Ministers Tanner and Ludwig on Tuesday, 22 December 2009.
We have tightened the structure as described below. This makes the argument flow better and reduces repetition. We’ve got quite a bit more content in using about the same number of pages. We propose three pillars – a trinity if you’re feeling at all theological at this time of year which are the foundations of getting to Government 2.0:
2. Engagement and
3. Open access to public sector information.
Here’s the final report structure:
The co-existence of an executive summary and a prologue was always a bit odd and so there’s a new executive summary. It includes some material from the prologue (other prologue material has mainly disappeared. It’s a short and snappy seven pages. I vacillate between thinking it needs to spell out our argument more and making it short and assertive. They like the latter more in public service land, so that’s how it is.
The old executive summary was the recommendations summarised reported against the terms of the terms of reference. The new structure allows us the more usual course which is to provide a complete list of recommendations after the executive summary. There’s a concordance of terms of the terms of reference and recommendations in the appendices.
There are a few small changes of drafting to improve expression, strengthen meaning, or respond to points from comments and submissions on the draft report.
1 What is Government 2.0?
This chapter is a little more focussed than it was in the draft report.
2 How Does Australia Compare Internationally?
More comprehensive chapter than draft report version and includes the chapter in the draft report “The Australian policy context”.
3 The Foundations of Government 2.0
This is a new chapter which summarises those arguments about the challenges of introducing Government 2.0 which were scattered mainly in chapters 6 and 7 in the old draft – though there are a few that were also in the corresponding earlier chapters 3 and 4.
4 Promoting Online Engagement
Bringing together and condensing the factual material in chapters 3 and 7 in the draft.
5 Managing Public Sector Information (PSI) as a National Resource
Bringing together and condensing the factual material in chapters 4 and 8 in the draft.
6 Open Government Enablers
Previous chapter 9: accessibility, security, privacy and confidentiality; information / records management; info-philanthropy; and.
7 Innovation and the Taskforce Experience
This new chapter explores our own attempts to model Government 2.0, and tries to offer a candid assessment of our successes and failures.