Canada Beyond 150 was a training program designed to help early-career public servants learn new ways of developing policy through increased engagement and collaboration with stakeholders.
Last week was our last official meeting with our Canada Beyond 150 participants, where they presented their policy interventions to managers and stakeholders. On the final day, they had the opportunity to talk about their journey and their ideas with the Clerk of the Privy Council and fifteen Deputy Ministers.
I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication that the @CanadaBeyond150 participants brought to bear in the last 10 months. You have acquired and refined skills that will be crucial in the public service of the future. Kudos! pic.twitter.com/KN2ARTQIGL
— Michael Wernick (@Clerk_GC) March 28, 2018
— Laura Portal (@LauraPortal347) March 27, 2018
Here are five things they shared from their experience participating in Canada Beyond 150:
- Engage stakeholders with empathy, an open mind and an open heart – understanding lived experiences offers context to data, which enhances our ability to create meaningful policy.
- Co-create and collaborate with people from a variety of backgrounds – government needs to move toward co-creation, with no pre-conceived solutions or approaches, in order to gather diverse views and strengths.
- Create policy that focuses on the user; not just now, but in 5-10 years from now – policy needs to be more proactive, to anticipate the needs of Canadians in the future.
- Appreciate the realities of working in a digital environment with partners from across the country – we need to bridge the gap between technology and the human need for contact.
- Share control of objectives and deadlines with your stakeholders – co-creation involves sharing not only the solution space, but the approach and timelines.
We set out to create a training program that would drive a culture change. These changes aren’t easy or quick; but with time, will and management support, we now have the tools to make it happen.
So energized by the amazing work done by the @CanadaBeyond150
team. Love seeing our Chief Data Office
Peeps past and present working together! @FarnazBehrooz @PolicyHorizons @ColleenTiernan pic.twitter.com/gxdwy8HVC8
— Sandy Kyriakatos (@SandyKyriakatos) March 27, 2018
You have no idea how proud I am of watching the #CanadaBeyond150 #opengovcan team present to their managers. Dans les deux langues en plus. This is what the next generation of public leaders look like:Open, inclusive, and curious! #proudpapa pic.twitter.com/ADt56H01FS
— Blaise Hébert (@BlaiseHebert) March 27, 2018
— Susan Johnston (@joycuriosity) March 28, 2018
— Policy Ignite (@Policy_Ignite) March 28, 2018
“Do you have a stakeholder map, to contextualize where this thinking came from?” ~ Awesome suggestion. #CanadaBeyond150
— Susan Johnston (@joycuriosity) March 27, 2018
Policy Horizons Canada, also referred to as Horizons, is an organization within the federal public service that conducts strategic foresight on cross-cutting issues that informs public servants today about the possible public policy implications over the next 10-15 years.