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Module 4: Publishing information

Module 4: Publishing information

This module focuses on helping your authority meet its duty to actively publish information. This is allows the public to find out easily what information they can access without having to make requests for it, reducing the work to respond. Active publication supports better relationships with stakeholders and demonstrates openness and transparency.

Module content

The module looks at the following areas of practice:

  • Leadership commitment - Do leaders and managers promote the benefits of publication and make sure there are enough resources to do it?
  • Joined-up, consistent, systematic practice - Is publication planned ahead? Is publication part of your routine business processes?
  • Staff guidance and training - Does everyone in the authority know what they have to publish and how to do it?
  • Responsiveness to changing public interest - Do you respond by publishing information that people ought to be able to access without having to request it?
  • Support for public access to information - Are the principles of publication applied across the authority? Does published information meet user needs?