Submit a Story

OpenStories tells the stories of reformers inside and outside of government in their own words. Submit your story now. Discover how citizens and governments are coming together around the world — and how you can join them.

How to Submit a Story

MAKE CHANGE

Use your OGP action plan to co-create and implement impactful open government reforms, then share your story.

SHARE YOUR STORY

Fill in the form below, submit images, links and any other materials to help readers learn from your work.

SUBMIT FOR REVIEW

OGP will review your story and contact you with any questions. If it fits, we’ll post it and let you know!

About You

We’d like to start off by asking you a few basic questions before we move on the work you’d like to submit to this platform.

Questions indicated by * are required for submission.
(We will use this to get in touch with you about the story. This will not be shared publicly.)
6. Type of entity/organization

8. Relevant social media handles
9. How are you connected to the story? *(Required)

About Your Story

Next, we'll ask you a few questions about your story (a project, initiative or activity related to open government). The information you provide here will make your story findable on Open Stories.
10. Is your work...*(Required)
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13. What level of government is your primary focus? *(Required)
If other, please describe:
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15. Is it part of an OGP commitment/initiative? *(Required)

Let’s Write Your Story

It’s time to tell us your story. Please follow the guidance we provide as closely as possible.
  • Use clear and succinct language that could be easily understood by someone who knows nothing about your work.
  • Avoid using sector-specific terminology (no idioms, slang, or domain-specific "buzz" words)
  • Set the context in which your story takes place.
  • Keep it relevant! We want to know why what you’re doing is important and inspire other reformers in their daily work.
Keep it short and catchy!
Briefly describe what your story is about in two sentences. Focus on the transformational change you’re trying to achieve.
  • What is your story about?
  • What is the problem that you are trying to solve?
  • What solution did you come up with?
  • Why is it necessary or relevant?
  • What are the goals of the project? 
  • How did you come up with the solution? Which methods did you use? 
  • Are you providing a new service, product, or process? If yes, who is it for? Who is benefitting from it? 
  • Who did you collaborate with? Describe what each partner brought to the table and why it was important to the project. These may include citizens, government officials, civil society organizations, companies, etc
  • If your story is part of an OGP commitment/initiative, briefly describe that connection and any benefits it provided to the work.
  • What have the results been so far? 
  • What changes have you seen in your community? To the extent possible, please indicate the tangible or numeric results.
  • How have the results and impacts been measured (e.g. methodologies used)?
  • What’s next? 
  • What are your plans for scaling it up?
  • What, if anything, would you adapt or adjust? 
  • How will the work be institutionalized in its current context?

Supporting Materials

Photos that include real reformers collaborating throughout the co-creation and implementation process. Photos taken out in the field demonstrating the impact on the communities served by the reform will draw more readers to your story than stock images or posed photos. Specs: Horizontal orientation for the featured image at the top, 2000px.
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Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, Max. file size: 10 MB.
    Please include any other support materials you'd like to include with your submission (i.e. project websites, reports, write-ups, media coverage, recognitions/awards, etc.)
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