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Capture, Assess, Improve

Self-assessment 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.

The module looks at the following areas of practice:

  • Leadership - Do leaders and managers promote the benefits of publication and make sure there are enough resources to do it?
  • Good 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?

You will need

 Download Description of contents / purpose 
PDF iconHow to carry out an FOI self-assessment Our detailed guide to completing the five self-assessment stages of a module.

 Module 4: Standards and Criteria

  • Introduction to this module
  • Expected outcomes and legal context
  • Characteristics of excellent practice
  • Ratings and evaluation criteria

Word DocumentModule 4: Assessment Questions and Evidence Grid  Workbook of module questions, with sections to record evidence, strengths and areas for improvement
 Summary of FindingsWord Document  A form to record the assessment findings and give your authority a performance rating for this module.
 Improvement Action PlanWord Document  A form to plan actions to improve performance

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Page last updated 01 June 2017

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