The Forum's approach to public engagement is based on a decade worth of thinking and discussion about issues of governance and government. Taken together, the documents available below provide the ideas and principles underlying this approach.
As part of this initiative, the Ministry of Community and Social Services wished to hear directly from both Ontario Works and Ontario Disability Support Program clients. Clients have a unique and highly valuable perspective on what is and is not working in the system.
Over the summer and fall months of 2013, the Public Policy Forum conducted a series of half-day discussion sessions with clients, on behalf of the Ministry—particularly regarding employment. These sessions were held in 10 cities across the province. Clients were encouraged to draw on their personal experiences to identify and propose ways to reform the system. This paper summarizes the findings from those client discussions and, in the process, provides a unique perspective on social assistance and the pathway to employment.
Healing Through Collaboration: A Case Study of the Nunavut Poverty Reduction Process
This study looks at the Government of Nunavut’s Poverty Reduction process, a remarkable, year-long process that engaged some 800 of Nunavut’s 33,000 people, across the territory. The process resulted in recommendations in eight key areas, including the creation of a new kind of collaborative organization to lead community engagement on poverty reduction.
Rescuing Policy: The Case for Public Engagement
The book is an authoritative and accessible guide to collaborative policy-making and the engagement processes that support it. With original case studies, this book will be of interest to students of government and governance from across the policy community.
Building a Strategic Design Capacity for Co-Design
This paper serves as the final report on the Australian Government's Co-Design Community Engagement Prototype, a project that involved the federal government, the State of Victoria, 9 communities in Victoria, community service providers and residents, in 9 separate dialogue processes aimed at aligning services.
Collaborative Federalism: How Labour Mobility and Foreign Qualification Recognition are Changing Canada's Intergovernmental Landscape
This case study explores how internal labour mobility and foreign qualifications recognition shape the experience of immigrants in the Canadian labour market and reshape Canadian federalism.
Community-Building Through Sport: Final Report of the Community Perspectives Project
This roundtable series, which was part of the Canadian Sport Policy Renewal Process, brought together federal, provincial and municipal officials as well as sport and community leaders to determine whether a policy framework could be created that includes community-building but leaves the core business of sport unchanged.
Co-Design: Toward a New Service Vision for Australia?
The article, co-written by Don Lenihan and the former CEO of Medicare Australia, Lynelle Briggs, begins by examining the evolution of service delivery in Canada and Australia. It goes on to consider and compare the Forum's work on public engagement and Medicare Australia's work on co-design and how these may be leading to a new approach to service delivery in Australia.
Rethinking the Public Policy Process: A Public Engagement Framework
Working with 9 provincial and territorial governments through the Public Engagement Project, the Forum developed a Framework Paper that explains what public engagement processes are, why we need them, how they work, and some of the special issues, challenges and opportunities they pose for governments.
It's More Than Talk: Final Report of the New Brunswick Public Engagement Initiative
This report summarizes the findings of the Forum's pilot projects on public enagagement in the Province of New Brunswick.
Progressive Governance for Canadians: What you need to know
This study consolidates and synthesizes a decade's worth of research and consultation on collaboration and collaborative governance, in areas ranging from federalism to sharing accountability.