On Goals and Systems

In CGE Blog On March 31, 2014 0 666 0

Disclaimer: Note that while I work as a public servant, this is entirely my own initiative and what I post here does not necessarily reflect the view of the government, my office or my position there in. This week, I read an excellent article by James Clear at Entrepreneur.com, entitled Forget Setting Goals. Focus on This Instead. Clear discusses the difference between...

Data, public safety, and the economy

In ICT On March 31, 2014 0 730 0

It may not seem immediately obvious, but public safety is an important contributor to economic growth. When a crime is committed, it devalues the appeal of the city to potential businesses and residents…...

Recalibrating fixed beliefs

Evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould warned that “the most erroneous stories are those we think we know best – and therefore never scrutinize or question.” He was referring to sacred cows, beliefs that don’t stand up to scrutiny and lead us astray if clung to zealously....

GovScience 4.0: The rise of “social” science

In Policy On March 27, 2014 0 668 0

The federal government’s Blueprint 2020 initiative provides an opportunity to re-think how governments deliver public science in the digital age. Government science has evolved from make-or-buy to cloud-and-crowd (the “clowd”)....

How to hire the best and brightest

In Renewal On March 26, 2014 0 565 0

One of the challenges facing the public service is recruiting and retaining younger, bright college students. It is often assumed that they are not interested in working for this stodgy, maligned sector. In the U.S., a report by the Partnership for Public Service and the National Association of Colleges and Employers suggests that many students...

“Decide once, check many”: data, analytics and border control

In ICT On March 25, 2014 0 564 0

Border control is an important element of modern society. We live in a world where terrorist threats are all too real, and even with the strict security measures we have in place, criminals still find ways to do what they do....

As certain as death and taxes

In Procurement On March 24, 2014 0 471 0

Benjamin Franklin said that “in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I think he missed three others. The Law of Power Cords says that if a power cord can get caught on something it will…...

The new normal: Creating a cost-conscious government culture

In Innovations On March 24, 2014 0 643 0

For government to fulfill its mandate of serving citizens, considerable spending is continually required to support and improve current programs and services and to introduce new programs or services....

A data-based approach to health care

In ICT On March 21, 2014 0 627 0

Health care is one of the most important services that governments can deliver – yet it is also one of the most troubled services in Canada....

Stewards of innovation: Leaders in the middle

In Renewal On March 20, 2014 0 662 0

Middle managers are emerging as the true change makers and disciples of reform. These traditional targets of downsizing and restructuring now appear needed more than ever in tough times....