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Nov 29, 2017

Technology will make government as we know it obsolete – and that’s a good thing

November 29, 2017

Tech advances should prompt government to radically increase efficiency and effectiveness of programs and services. Read More

Mar 29, 2017

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

March 29, 2017

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

Aug 08, 2016

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

August 8, 2016

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

Jul 25, 2016

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

July 25, 2016

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

Mar 30, 2016

How can delivery units work in a federation like Canada?

March 30, 2016

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

Jul 07, 2015

Better Collaboration for Better Government

July 7, 2015

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

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Jun 10, 2015

Getting to yes: Toronto’s legal showdown with Uber

June 10, 2015

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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Apr 27, 2015

Why you should learn to stop worrying and love the tacocopter

April 27, 2015

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

Apr 06, 2015

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

April 6, 2015

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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Mar 19, 2015

Like Uber, but for public services

March 19, 2015

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. Read More