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In March, IOG teams up with Code for Canada to host a different kind of Policy Crunch. Join us and hear from three living case studies; partnerships that are leveraging digital skills to improve public policy and or service delivery in partnership with federal, provincial, and municipal governments in Canada. See you on 2 March!

More details about this unique Crunch and partnerships coming soon. Learn more about the full Policy Crunch series here.


  • Rhonda Moore, Practice Lead, Science and Innovation, IOG
  • Luke Simcoe, Director of Outreach, Code for Canada

Three Case Studies:

Case Study 1: Code for Canada + Employment and Social Development Canada | Presenters: Farwa Farshori, Neil Mispelaar, Thomas Hoy, John Warren

Public sector innovation has fundamentally different goals than private sector innovation, so it needs a different set of tools. The UX design practice of identifying and alleviating user pain points is now common in many service-oriented organizations, including government. But pulling away from pain, while useful in the short-term, is reactive. While public institutions need to react to the problems of the day, they also need to be visionaries, shaping a better society for the people they serve.

Enter speculative design! This emerging design discipline has helped us move away from reactive thinking and towards a values-based approach to service design. At the Digital Foundations and Futures Accelerator, we’ve been imagining what a “better future” might look like in the year 2071, and what our services could be in such a world. We then “steal” those ideas from the future, create prototypes and test with members of the public.

Case Study 2: Civic Tech Fredericton | Presenter: Sandi MacKinnon, Michael Hardrovic

Civic Tech Fredericton will highlight three projects designed to improve community services in their local community.

  • The Caring Calendar unites faith-based community to collaborate on the services they provide to those underserved in the Fredericton area
  • Getting Seniors There examines the role that transit systems plays in social isolation of older adults in Fredericton, and 
  • The Good Meal Plan is a tool to support healthy eating in collaboration with Greener Village, Fredericton’s local food center.

Case Study 3: MOVE - City of Toronto + Code for Canada | Presenters: Aakash Harpalani, Maddy Ewins

MOVE is a collaboration between the City of Toronto and Code for Canada. We're building a centralized data platform for the City's collision and traffic count data where city staff (and hopefully soon, the public) can explore this data to inform decision-making and use it in analyses of traffic-related interventions in Toronto. Ultimately, the goal is to make our streets safer for all.


5:30PM - E-Networking and Engagement

6:00PM - Case Study Pitch 

6:20PM - Case Study Breakouts

Due to the format of this special edition of Policy Crunch, we will be clueing up the event at 7:00PM. We will post the recording on YouTube on March 3rd; the event will not be live streamed.



We're On Slack

Your feedback from Season Two was to be more engaged in the Policy Crunch. For season three, we've added a Slack Workspace for the Policy Crunch Community. We will be posting updates, new events, and live-slacking each event in case you can't attend. We will also post the Zoom link, YouTube livestream link, and the recording here. 

You can use our Slack Workspace to talk about the events, ask questions, share your ideas, give us your feedback and more! To join our IOG Policy Crunch Slack Workspace, click here.We can also send you an invite if the tech mojo to join is too complicated; email us at info@iog.ca to get an invitation to your inbox.

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