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public services

29 Mar


What do Netflix movie recommendations have in common with how government is making big decisions?

March 29, 2017 | By |

As people share more and more information online, algorithms are increasingly used by public and private institutions to leverage that information and quickly analyze it with the aim of providing more efficient and optimal decision-making. Read More

08 Aug


Creating a High-Performing Canadian Civil Service against a Backdrop of Disruptive Change

August 8, 2016 | By |

The latest from Mowat in our ongoing Shifting Gears research partnership with KPMG, this paper takes a hard look at Canada’s federal civil service. Read More

25 Jul


Canada Needs a What Works Centre. Here’s How We Can Build It.

July 25, 2016 | By |

Growing demand for services, reduced fiscal capacity and increased public scrutiny of government spending have led to a spike in the demand for systematic, rigorous evidence in policymaking. Read More

30 Mar


How can delivery units work in a federation like Canada?

March 30, 2016 | By |

The federal government is embarking on an ambitious new mandate with over 300 commitments flowing from its election platform and Ministerial mandate letters.
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07 Jul


Better Collaboration for Better Government

July 7, 2015 | By |

Collaboration is a powerful concept in the public sector – often talked about and highly valued, but rarely achieved.

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10 Jun


Getting to yes: Toronto’s legal showdown with Uber

June 10, 2015 | By |

Last week an Ontario Superior Court judge heard arguments in a court battle between the City of Toronto and Uber in a case being watched closely by policymakers and regulators from across the country.

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27 Apr


Why you should learn to stop worrying and love the tacocopter

April 27, 2015 | By |

Should we embrace a future where food delivery drones buzz through our skies bearing pizza payloads for their waiting customers?

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06 Apr


Mowat Centre presents on Social Finance to House of Commons Standing Committee

April 6, 2015 | By |

On March 26, 2015, Mowat Centre Policy Director Sunil Johal and Policy Associate Jamie Van Ymeren provided expert testimony to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities. Their remarks focused on social impact bonds, outcomes-based funding and the role governments can play in providing an enabling environment and supportive infrastructure for social finance and innovative program delivery. These are their opening remarks.

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19 Mar


Like Uber, but for public services

March 19, 2015 | By |

The popularity of sharing economy enterprises has exploded because they are delivering services in ways that work well for consumers, offering them convenience and competitive pricing.

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12 Mar


Asset Management: An Oral History

March 12, 2015 | By |

A report that the Ontario government is considering selling shares of Hydro One caused us to dust off our laptops and look into the distant past of 2013.

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