National Freedom of Information Coalition
Protecting Your Right to Open Government

National Open Government Survey

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Biennial Open Government Survey measures transparency in public institutions

The open government survey polls the members of National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) and other stakeholder organizations, including journalists, academics and media lawyers, to identify current trends in public institutions for requesting and accessing public records. This survey provides important information on the changes and perceptions to change in open government on the state and local level.
Past survey results:
2015  (pdf)
2013  (pdf)
As a result of past Open Government surveys, NFOIC and participating journalism and media law organizations have outlined three recommendations to make government more open, accessible and transparent:
  1. Increase government officials’ knowledge and training regarding open government responsibilities and requirements
  2. More education of citizens about open government laws and policies in their states and communities
  3. Improve and increase enforcement measures and penalties for public officials and agencies that violate open government laws