Open & Transparent SAVE Programme?

The front page to this site says that this site provides:

"an open and transparent platform to share ideas about how we can meet the challenge and prepare for our future".

It also says that the "we"in terms of the process of looking for savings is

"departments of government, members of the public, employees and Tynwald Members"

" hear suggestions, and consider new and innovative ways of providing public services, including, for example, outsourcing, partnering, and technological solutions".

Where are the open and transparent suggestions from "departments of government, employees and Tynwald Members" being made available for members of the public to view in the same that the views of mambers of the public can be openly and transparently viewed by the politicians and public servants?

From 40+ years of commercial experience a broad based in an "open and transparent" brainstorming process it is best practice for all views to be shared so that people can piggy-back off each others ideas.

Can you please confirm that it is not a case of only the public ideas being "open and transparent" whilst those of the politicians and public servants are being kept "closed and opaque" from the public?

Why the contribution is important

Maximisation of chances of successful and savings valuable outcomes.

Making all comments from all sources openly and transparently available to all participants in the process is "best practice", it allows ideas to be developed and refined as the process continues over the next few weeks and builds public confidence and trust that this is not a "them and us" exercise where some of the population are being open and others are demonstrating a negative unwillingness to share views despite the critical nature of the topic.

A full sharing of views from all sources is a fundamental way of demonstrating that "we are all in this together".


by dpfellows on April 17, 2017 at 09:56PM

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  • Posted by ManxVoter April 18, 2017 at 13:10

    Excellent post
  • Posted by JT April 18, 2017 at 13:37

    I agree, all posts/ideas should be available to view.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 18, 2017 at 16:51

    It will be interesting to see if the moderators respond. They normally do so hopefully they will confirm where the other inputs can be seen by the contributors to this site.
  • Posted by dpfellows April 19, 2017 at 12:27

    Evidently our public service culture is not based on sharing ideas with the public in an open and transparent manner.

    Adds to my comment about a need for a seismic shift in public sector culture if real change is to happen.
  • Posted by KatieIOMGov April 26, 2017 at 08:57

    Thank you for your comment.
    It is our intention to use this site to publish the final position for each idea posted once we have conducted the assessment process to sift ideas.
    The rationale is that ideas received offline (via email, postcard or newspaper reply slip) are being added to the site by our Site Moderators. This has included those ideas received from Political Members or their constituents.
    Departmental ideas are currently under review and the outcome of their review will be shared in time as part of the ongoing SAVE programme. Our website will be the primary tool to report on progress once the online Dialogue has been closed to new ideas, but the site will remain accessible to read.

    Site Moderator
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 30, 2017 at 00:54

    So,'in time' the Government departments which have been tasked with coming up with ideas for the SAVE programme will have their ideas published for us to see once they have been 'reviewed'?
    Just seems as if they get theirs filtered in case someone puts information on spending in their idea that we are not meant to know about or might cause embarrassment to their manager about wastage.I just seems a bit playing by different rules when the public ideas are immediate and,unless abusive,'review free' to be seen by all interested parties.
  • Posted by KatieIOMGov May 01, 2017 at 10:52

    Hi ninjadispenser

    'Departmental ideas' refer to those which are under consideration by the management teams and which could be more politically sensitive. For example, members of the public can suggest radical changes, but similar public suggestions from the Departments before proper consideration could give the impression to their customers, service users and/or employees that 'it's definitely happening'.

    Employees can use this site to highlight areas of savings and waste - there is no 'embarrassment' filter!

    We'll publish progress at

    Site moderator
  • Posted by ninjadispenser May 12, 2017 at 01:12

    Thanks for your reply Katie.It tells me that you are genuinely reading and considering what is put on this site and that is reassuring as I have spent quite a lot of time thinking of hopefully useful ideas,especially in the Health section!
    I wait with interest for the updates and finding out what will be considered worthwhile perusing in the SAVE campaign and find it fascinating to read other folks ideas too.
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