Costing Open Government Reforms

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Join experts from the World Bank and Results for Development for an event to launch a new report, Priceless? A New Framework for Estimating the Cost of Open Government Reforms.

The Priceless report presents the critical components needed to conduct cost analyses of open government programs, with the ultimate objective of putting a price tag (or at least a cost range) on key open government reforms. This framework is based on a high-level costing process employing essential steps for conducting a cost study, including defining the scope of the program, identifying which costs to assess, developing a framework for costing, identifying key components and outlining each line item by inputs and activities. It assesses the costing of ProZorro, an e-procurement program in Ukraine, and an open data program in Sierra Leone it also presents examples from EDE Este 311, customer service program in the Dominican Republic. Download the report here.

 The methodology developed through the Open Government Costing initiative representing an important step towards conducting more sophisticated cost-benefit analyses — and ultimately understanding the true value — of open government reforms intended to increase citizen engagement, promote transparency and accountability, and combat corruption, insights that have been lacking in the open government community to date.


  • Debbie Wetzel, senior director of the governance global practice, World Bank


  • Stephen Davenport, global lead for open government and citizen engagement, World Bank



  • Kathrin Frauscher, program director, Open Contracting Partnership
  • Nathaniel Heller, executive vice president for integrated strategies, R4D
  • Courtney Tolmie, senior program director, R4D

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