GSINN Hindsight Report - Institute on Governance

GSINN Hindsight Report


Jeff Kinder

Rhonda Moore

In December 2020, the IOG launched Government Science and Innovation in the New Normal (GSINN)a multi-year, collaborative research initiative designed to support medium-term planning for the federal science and innovation departments and agencies, and provide an in-depth examination of the evolving relationship among science, innovation and society. Between December 2020 and March 2021, the IOG conducted a hindsight exercise that included a survey and a series of workshops and roundtable discussions to explore the impact of the pandemic on the science and innovation functions of the federal government. This report presents the findings of that research. 

Author

Jeff Kinder

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

Jeff has over 30 years’ experience in government science, technology and innovation policy in the US and Canada. His US experience includes the National Science Foundation, the National Academies and the Naval Research Laboratory. In Canada, Jeff has worked at Industry Canada, Natural Resources Canada and Council of S&T Advisors (CSTA). In 2014, he supported the Knox Panel on Government S&T. Most recently, he led the Federal S&T Secretariat supporting the Minister of Science and Deputy Minister Champion for Federal Science. At University of Ottawa, Jeff is a Senior Fellow of the Institute for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) and Adjunct at the Telfer School of Management. Jeff is a board member of the Canadian Science Policy Centre and a past member of the Advisory Council of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellows program. He is co-editor with Paul Dufour of A Lantern on the Bow: A History of the Science Council of Canada and its Contributions to the Science and Innovation Policy Debate (Invenire, 2018). He is author of Government Science 2020: Re-thinking Public Science in a Networked Age (2013) and co-author with Bruce Doern of Strategic Science in the Public Interest: Canada’s Government Laboratories and Science-based Agencies (2007).

Rhonda Moore

PRACTICE LEAD, SCIENCE AND INNOVATION

For almost 20 years, Rhonda Moore has worked at the intersection of communications, research, and policy analysis and development. At that intersection, Rhonda has sought out opportunities to build relationships, to connect people and ideas, and to promote evidence-informed decision making in plain language. Prior to joining the IOG in May 2018, Rhonda worked for a variety of private, public, and non-profit organizations including the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (now Universities Canada), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the University of Ottawa, and the Public Policy Forum. Rhonda is a member of the board of directors of the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada. In 2017 she co-chaired the annual conference, and in 2020 she chaired the organization’s first virtual conference. Rhonda has a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master’s degree in Science, Technology and Innovation studies from the University of Edinburgh, with distinction. Rhonda received the University of Edinburgh’s David Edge prize for her dissertation. Rhonda is fueled by coffee, reading, travel, and spending time outdoors.

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