Remix to reform

Learn how legislative data structures, standards, and analytics are lowering the barriers to reforming government by opening up processes previously exclusive to lawyers, lawmakers, and lobbyists. Participants will not only hear from leading practitioners about exciting research and practice in this emerging field, but will become reformers themselves, utilizing new tools to draft and propose meaningful policy change.

Through the key ingredients of (1) broad access to public policy information/open data, (2) tools for understanding that information, and (3) mechanisms for democratized policy drafting and feedback jurisdictions to better participate in and benefit from the spread of good public policy in a manner which is itself democratic and open sourced. Inspired by projects like Constitute by the Comparative Constitutions Project (CCP), The State Decoded/America Decoded by the OpenGov Foundation, and Data Science for Social Good’s Legislative Influence Detector , Sunlight Foundation is researching potential applications and working to make open government policies open, starting with open data policies in US cities.

This session will include an overview by leading practitioners of the exciting projects that are reshaping our understanding of public policy through a new technological lens, including delving into Sunlight’s current work to leverage these approaches in the context of open data policy and open government reform.

Finally, after a presentation of how these new practices are creating the building blocks for anyone--not just lawyers, lobbyists, and lawmakers--to meaningfully participate in the policy reform process in meaningful ways, we will facilitate a working session for participants to utilize these new tools to easily search and pull best practices into a new draft policy proposal. Participants will leave the session with a better understanding of how access to public policy data is changing policy research and with a toolkit for utilizing research to track and draft new (open government) policy, whether a constitution, or new open data law.

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