Evaluation of the Transparency Law of Rhineland-Palatinate

The German Research Institute for Public Administration (GRIP) was tasked by the Ministry of Interior and for Sports Rhineland-Palatine with the Evaluation of the transparency law of Rhineland-Palatine (LTranspG). Rhineland-Palatine is the second German state to adopt a transparency law. Among goals of the regulation are fostering transparency of the public administration, facilitating oversight and control of government actions by the people, and anchoring transparency as a guiding principle in the state’s public administration. The law builds on pre-existing freedom of information laws and introduces the obligation for certain government agencies to publish certain information on a transparency website and grants the opportunity for some government agencies without the obligation to publish information to do so voluntarily. The transparency platform is called 'Transparenz-Plattform des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz' (https://tpp.rlp.de).
The GRIP evaluated firstly the extent to which the objectives of the law were attained, secondly the impact of the law on the public administration and the usage of the information platform as well as finally, the usage of freedom of information requests. The results of the evaluation showed that the main goal of broadening the scope of accessible information and improving accessibility to information were attained. Citizens' demand for information by means of information requests or by visiting the transparency platform has yet to increase over time.

Duration

01.12.2019 - 31.03.2021