Open policy making in a digital age


Open policy making in a digital age: Summary report and discussion paper

To read the summary report online, click here.
To read the discussion paper online, click here.

On Oct. 13, 2016, the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Clerks and Cabinet Secretaries came together for their second policy innovation conference. The theme of the event was “open policy making in the digital age.”

Co-hosted by the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia, and supported by the Public Policy Forum, this one-day session explored the topic through a mix of keynote and panel presentations drawing on perspectives from all sectors of the economy – public, private, NGO and academia – from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. The purpose of this symposium was to bring diverse perspectives together in a dialogue around the co-creation of ideas, partnerships that create shared value and impact and making the policy process more open and diverse.

The Forum is pleased to share with you a report that summarizes the October 13 event, and a short discussion paper that explores some of the themes of the day:

  • Open policy and digital tools are not mutually exclusive, but they can be complementary;
  • Identifying and leveraging non-government partners and tools to address policy questions;
  • How to navigate digital/online spaces and ‘read’ the biases that participants bring to online consultations; and
  • How the skill set of a policy maker is changing to adapt to and operate in the context of an open and or digital policy environment.