Freedom of Information: Project Coaching

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

March 23 - 27

Course ends on

April 15, 2015

Application Deadline

March 20, 2015

Passionate about freedom of information? Are you…

  • Someone who wants to build a freedom of information/FOIA portal or have a project well-underway, but wants a team of peers to provide feedback?
  • Designing, building or improving a system of electronic records management?
  • Developing a process for improving communications with record requesters? And want to design an efficient and accountable process for talking with people about what the records are and how to frame requests?

Course Description

This coaching program is for those engaged in projects that touch on any aspect of freedom of information or FOIA implementation. These might include designing a FOIA portal, developing better practices for systematically requesting or supplying records and information, or developing a records management system. Also welcome are those teams and individuals undertaking projects that depend upon access to government records. Through peer-to-peer coaching, expert mentors and hands on advising, this program aims to catalyze more robust freedom of information projects. Through this program we'll work together to design your project to make optimal use of the FOIA and explore how it can be used to break down the wall protecting Government data to create a space for citizen engagement. Please note: If you are looking for a basic introduction to FOIA or to learn how to file a FOIA request, please visit the Resources listed below.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every week for 2 hours (one hour is with a guest expert and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one coaching sessions.

Online sessions will be held every Wednesday from 10am - 12pm EST.

If required, online sessions could also occur Tuesday afternoons or Thursdays before 11am EST or after 3pm EST

Course Duration: 4 weeks

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