Digital Privacy and Public Trust

As governments have sought to go digital, one of the most common barriers stymying progress in many jurisdictions is that of privacy – and the protection of personal and otherwise sensitive information. Despite the rhetoric of open government and information and data sharing within the public sector, the reality is a good deal more complex....

Five touchstones for Canadian governments making infrastructure decisions

With the launch of the Canada Infrastructure Bank and US Congressional interest in Trump’s “trillion dollar” infrastructure promise, coupled with a widespread political appetite for infrastructure spending, it would be easy to be swept away in all the enthusiasm.  But policymakers across North America need to think hard and clearly about infrastructure choices. Contemporary research suggests five “touchstones”:...

Five ways to improve strategic planning

Why is strategic planning so dreaded? How often do we actually deliver what the plan outlined? Why is buy-in so low? How many retreats are show-and-tell sessions instead of true strategic discussions? Why do we find ourselves at year-end, engaged in creative writing to provide the impression that we met our goals? A handful of...

Three surefire ways to sink your IT project

Most articles you’ll read within the pages of Canadian Government Executive will provide you with best practices and tips on how to effectively identify and implement cutting-edge technologies. While there are many factors that go into the success of an implementation, there are some considerations that will definitely cause your project to fail; these are...

EyeCues: Briefing materials

A communications revolution has taken place but you would not know it by looking at the way officials brief up the chain of authority. Briefing documents remain a throw-back to the days of typewriters, form memos, and tabbed binders. Technology enables deeper engagement. It also makes it easier to dump poorly crafted text onto decision-makers...

The right skills: How to fight inequality with middle-income jobs

Headlines about the world of work are often dominated by the two ends of the spectrum: one day, it’s tech genius millionaires amassing more wealth; the next, it’s the plight of the “gig economy” precariat stuck on the bottom rung. But what about the in-betweeners? Stable, unromantic middle-skilled jobs – often defined as those that...

Federal government should consider spend management as it moves further into the cloud

Earlier this year the Canadian government took a crucial step by announcing that Shared Services Canada will be offering public cloud computing to the rest of the federal government. The move reflects the need to bring the public sector into the 21st century by using digital services that can maximize efficiency and improve accountability and accessibility. One often overlooked area...

Delivering digital public services that make an impact

The use of digital services in the day-to-day lives of most Canadians has quickly become the norm. Over 75 per cent of Canadians shop online, and 68 per cent of Canadians turn to online platforms for banking. These habits and expectations are increasingly common among brands and within the private sector, and as such, has a distinct impact on the expectation...

Sweden and Canada fly the flag for feminist foreign policy

Since launching in 2014, Sweden’s radically ‘feminist’ foreign policy has gained international notoriety. While critics have lambasted the Nordic nation – for brazenly funding abortion, inciting a diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia over human rights, and provoking Israel by recognising Palestine – the strategy has proved successful by many measures. Sweden, through its new policy, has helped more...

InCiSE Index Results 2017

The International Civil Service Effectiveness (InCiSE) Index project, a collaboration between the Blavatnik School of Government and the Institute for Government produced their inaugural report recently. The aim of the report is to assist countries in determining how their central civil services are performing and to learn from each other. The project, which is supported...