A lot of excellent information was presented. Great resource material to follow up on. - Associate Vice-President, Financial Services
University of Saskatchewan

Strategic Policy Development for the Public Sector

Develop policies that will spark interest and make change

May 22 - 23, 2019 · Ottawa, Ontario
Day One Program Agenda: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
7:30 - 8:30        Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
Julia Smith, Gender and Diversity Policy Expert, Executive Director, Elementary Literacy Inc.
8:45 - 9:45
Smart Policy Through Thorough Analysis and Evidence: GBA+ Primer
Julia Smith, Gender and Diversity Policy Expert, Executive Director, Elementary Literacy Inc.
  • Describing how the lens works and what the ‘+’ really means
  • Improved decision making through thorough analysis
  • Applying the lens beyond obvious decisions in the social policy realm
  • Application at different points of the policy cycle
  • Practical examples of how to increase impact with the lens
9:45 - 10:15        Networking Break
10:15 - 11:00
Hacking Traditional Methods of Doing Policy
Pascale Elvas, Senior Director, Priorities and Planning, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
  • Taking a multi-lateral approach to policy development
  • Focusing on high impact, client facing services
  • Providing ‘hands-on’ support for implementation
  • Using digital tools to support policy alignment
  • Using human-centred design methodology
  • Workshopping complexities and challenges
11:00 - 12:00
The Blockchain/Cybersecurity/Identity Trinity
Nadia Diakun-Thibault, Senior Emerging Technologies Architect, Transport Canada
  • Blockchain – the ledger
  • Cybersecurity – the aspiration
  • Identity – the notional and functional definitions
  • Confidentiality – Information is shared with appropriate parties and sensitive information is shared exclusively with the informed consent of appropriate parties
  • Integrity – only authorized parties can change data, and that changes do not threaten the accuracy or authenticity of the data
  • Availability – authorized users have the use of data or resources when needed or wanted
12:00 - 1:00        Luncheon Break
1:00 - 2:00
Data, Performance, Evaluation and Policy: Will We Ever Learn?
John Burrett, Principal, Haiku Analytics Inc.
  • How policy, performance measurement and evaluation is “supposed” to work
  • What actually happens (in my experience)
  • Why does the real version differ so much from the textbook version and what are the consequences of this?
  • What should we do about it?
  • Why meta-evaluation and reference to existing research should be so important
2:00 - 2:20        Networking Break
2:20 - 3:20
Improving Employee Buy-in to Administrative Policies
Lewis S Eisen, B.A., J.D., C.I.P. Speaker, Consultant, Author, Perfect Policies
  • How policies and directives reflect an organization's culture
  • Changing the dynamic around compliance in the office
  • Identifying hidden negative messaging in your policies
  • The role of policy wording to support a respectful workplace
3:20 - 4:20
How Oversight Bodies’ Recommendations Will Aid In Your Policy Development
Geoff Dubrow, President, Global Dialogue Group

4:20        End of Day One



Event Partner

Institute of Public Administration of Canada

In attempting to develop meaningful policy, finding balance between special interests and political agendas can be difficult to navigate. Whether you have issues finding proper funding, aligning your policies with the right departments and organizations, or drafting strong and persuasive copy, you risk deterring potential partnerships, missing implementation deadlines, and failing your constituents with any wrong move. Without the expediency of a streamlined workflow, your policies are at continuous risk of falling into obsolescence and obscurity.

At Infonex’s "Strategic Policy Development for the Public Sector" conference, public sector professionals will shed light on the shifting landscape of policy development. From the implementation of policies ranging from the municipal to the federal levels, hear from policy development professionals on everything from the gender based analysis process, to networking protocols to find the strongest partnerships throughout the government, to the specifics of policies concerning the opioid crisis, national homelessness issues, climate change, and immigration. This in-depth educative event will focus on real cases offering you proven strategies that ensure your policies are properly developed, ensuring their implementation.

These seasoned policy advisors and developers will guide you through the tangled web of policy implementation from the ground up, showing you how to expedite the surveying and data collection process, how to write the best policy copy that will capture your audience’s attention, how to procure partnerships on multiple levels of government, and how to acquire funding throughout the public sphere. The focus maintains a push for shared experiences and strategies that have been proven to improve your chances at having your policies taken seriously by those that can make nation-wide change, thereby bettering your profile and impressing your constituents and partnerships.

Don’t wait! Sign up today and be a part of the policy development conversation so you too might effect change nation-wide.

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