Opening Governance

Making open government reforms responsive to citizen needs

Unlocking the potential of open government requires a diverse group of actors—from citizens, government, civil society, and the private sector—to work together toward a common vision. But collaboration towards the shared ideals of transparency, participation, accountability, and innovation is complex, challenging work.

Grounded in years of work with open government initiatives, from design to implementation to evaluation, Reboot serves as a bridge between governments and communities, connecting and aligning people to create shared solutions.

We empower citizens to participate meaningfully in government, working shoulder-to-shoulder with civil society organizations and media actors to build knowledge and capacity.

We also support governments—at the national, state, and city level—to deliver politically-aware initiatives that build on a realistic understanding of capacities and resources, and correspond to citizen interests and needs.

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Featured Blog Post:

Four Champions of Open Government: Celebrating Our OGP Subnational Pilot Partners

12.05.2016 | Nicole Anand

Case Studies

Developmental Evaluation for Public Sector Innovation

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation | Mexico

Co-creation for Civil Society Innovation

USAID | Indonesia, Morocco, Panama, Tanzania, Turkey, USA

Open Data for Public Service Delivery

World Bank Group | Nigeria


implementing innovation

Implementing Innovation

A hands-on resource with practical advice for government changemakers as they navigate the challenges of implementing programs in the public sector.

Client: Hewlett Foundation | 2015

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Using Data to Influence Government Decisions

A scoping study on the opportunities and challenges of leveraging user-centered design to improve the impact of governance data.

Client: Open Society Foundations | 2015

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Toward the Next Phase of Open Government

An analysis of biases, constraints, and successes in the open government movement, based on discussions at the Aspen Institute’s Forum on Communications and Society.

Client: Aspen Institute | 2014

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Blog Posts

Open Government—A Means, a Journey, but not an End

12.05.2016 | City of Austin OGP Pioneer Team

Seeking the Sweet Spot

09.30.2015 | Kerry Brennan



On March 9th, Reboot will host an End of Open Data Week Celebration, welcoming NYC civic change makers to come together for a happy hour closing reception.


On March 3rd, Lauren Gardner will join fellow social innovation practitioners to discuss the evolution and future of design thinking.


On January 16th Ahmed Rufai Isah will take part in an interactive session organized by the National Institute of Legislative Studies on sustained citizen involvement in the budget reform process in Nigeria.


On November 28th and 29th, Reboot will facilitate Open Contracting 2017, a global convening of open contracting leaders, practitioners, and champions from across the world.


On November 8th Zack Brisson delivered a lecture at the Rutger’s Honors College Forum on tactics for working within power structures to create meaningful social change.


Panthea Lee and Zack Brisson will join dozens of urban experts at CityLab Paris to discuss the future of cities.