Revisiting RCAP – Towards Reconciliation: The Future of Indigenous Governance

On October 15 and 16, 2014, the IOG gathered leaders from governments, First Nations, Métis nations, the private sector, and academia to discuss the future of indigenous governance in light of these upcoming anniversaries. Speakers and panelists provided perspectives on important legal, governance, social and economic advancements made since the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) report. They also identified persistent gaps that remain, highlighting the urgent need for action to further the vision set forth nearly twenty years ago…. Read more

2014 Survey of Public Opinion on Public Governance in Canada

Governments have played a central role in the building of modern-day Canada, and in past generations the Canadian public has been supportive of the role and place of government as important institutions to collective well-being and economic security. Such confidence has been eroding over the past several decades, in part through broader socio-cultural trends (e.g., a general decline in deference to authority), and political trends (the emergence of a movement defining government as the problem rather than the solution). Governments… Read more

Revisiting the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

As Canada approaches the twentieth anniversary of the Royal Commission on  Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) in 2016, and the 150th anniversary of the British North  America Act (now the Constitution Act, 1867) in 2017, the IOG has undertaken a new symposium series that builds on its previous work and seeks to better understand the  future of indigenous governance. While undoubtedly groundbreaking at the time, much has changed since RCAP issued its final report. The composition of the indigenous population has changed… Read more

Public Service Transformation: public sector human resources and talent management

In 2011, the Institute on Governance surveyed public service leaders at the federal and provincial levels who told us that the need for modernizing services and programs was a key concern. The interviews for this update, sponsored by Monster Canada and conducted from October 2013 to March 2014, again asked public sector leaders what their concerns were and how optimistic they felt about being able to deal with them effectively and efficiently. The Institute on Governance interviewed Deputy Ministers and… Read more

Report from our July 22 Event on ‘Nudges’ and Behavioural Economics

On July 22, 2014, 45 public servants from the Government of Canada attended a half-day event examining the theory and practice of behavioural economics or Nudge theory as it applies to policy development in the Government of Canada and abroad. The session included: Case Studies presented by two Departments leading in this area of work in the Government of Canada. Presentations were made by Jean-Francois Ruel, Director Intelligence and Data Division, Canada Revenue Agency and Chad Hartnell, A/Senior Director, Partnership… Read more

The Not for Profit Board’s Role in Stakeholder Relations: Survey Results and Analysis

The Institute on Governance used a survey in order to gain the knowledge and experience of senior Not for Profit leaders on board and stakeholder relations. The aim of this survey was to determine how NFP boards are identifying and engaging stakeholders, to determine what models and practices can be created to help them fulfill their role in this area, and to gain an understanding of how this role is distinct from that played by staff. Stakeholder identification, analysis, and… Read more

Preparing Government for the Data and Information Needs of the 21st Century – Summary Report

In the digital era of information superabundance, the challenge for governments is clear: how will they put in place the processes, frameworks and capabilities to manage this information and data so that it meets growing and complex needs and expectations? Chief Information Officers (CIOs) and Information Management/Information Technology (IM/IT) specialists have done their best to put generic “safety net” solutions in place to meet complex business requirements. But policy makers and program managers are now important players in the information… Read more

A Risk Lens on Governance – A Public Governance Exchange Discussion Paper

Led by Karl Salgo, the Public Governance Exchange of the Institute on Governance held a workshop on July 3, 2013. The workshop put a risk lens on governance by discussing risk management approaches in the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. Through the examination conducted for this discussion paper, the IOG found two tendencies in public sector risk management practices. First, that governance issues constitute a distinct sphere of risk for public sector organizations, particularly the escalation of… Read more

The Return on Investment in Team: Return on investment analysis framework, indicators and data for interprofessional care and interprofessional education in health

The Health and Education Task Force (HETF), a task force of the F/P/T Advisory Committee on Health Development and Human Resources (ACHDHR), engaged the IOG to develop a ROI analysis framework to assess Interprofessional Care (IPC) and Interprofessional Education (IPE). This framework would provide the evidence to support a business case and pan-Canadian policy development approach for team-based health care and education. The IOG analyzed existing approaches to return on investment (ROI) in health care and education and interviewed key… Read more

Closing the Gap – Beyond Section 35 BC Symposium Summary

The Beyond Section 35 Symposium in BC was a collaboration between the British Columbia Treaty Commission (BCTC), the New Relationship Trust (NRT), and the Institute on Governance (IOG), and hosted at Simon Fraser Uni- versity’s (SFU) Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in Vancouver, February 19-20, 2013. What follows is a summary of the discussions and recommendations that emerged from the Symposium. First, the summary takes a look at the history of the making and subsequent attempts to define Section… Read more

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