National Open Government Survey

 

The biennial Open Government Survey measures transparency in public institutions

Sponsored by NFOIC, MLRC and IRE

The biennial open government survey polls the members of National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC), the New York-based Media Law Resource Center and the Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) to identify current trends in public institutions for requesting and accessing public records.  The survey began in 2009 between NFOIC and MLRC. In 2015, IRE was invited and agreed to participate.
 
Combined, the three organizations have 8,000 members who represent professionals from the news media, the legal profession and government watchdog organizations.
 
Select a year to view the survey results and comments.
 
2015  (Survey results ppt
2013  (Survey results pdf)
2011  (Survey results pdf)
2009
 
As a result of the Open Government Survey, NFOIC, MLRC and IRE have outlined three recommendations to make government more open, accessible and transparent:
  1. Increasing government officials’ knowledge regarding open government responsibilities;
  2. More education of citizens about open government laws and policies in their states and communities; and 
  3. Improving and increasing enforcement measures.
Contacts:
 
Daniel Bevarly, Interim Executive Director, NFOIC
573.882.4856
 
George Freeman, Executive Director, MLRC
212.337.0200
 
Mark Horvit, Executive Director, IRE
573.882.2042