Networks / Partnerships

The Privy Council Office’s Impact and Innovation Unit has developed and launched several networks, both internal and external to the Government of Canada.


Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee on Experimentation

The Assistant Deputy Ministers Committee on Experimentation was established in March 2017 in response to the Experimentation Direction for Deputy Heads released by the Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada and the Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Results and Delivery) in December 2016. The Committee brings together senior management across a number of departments and central agencies who are engaged in advancing the experimentation commitment. Its purpose is to advance this commitment by creating a horizontal mechanism to support mutual learning and cooperation by exploring practical project cases, impact measurement methodologies, systems issues, and partnership models.

This is a first step towards building sustainable capacity on experimentation in the Government of Canada, as members will play an important role in both liaising with Deputy Heads and providing information down through their organizations. The Committee as a whole will maintain linkages to relevant Deputy Minister Committees and existing management tables (e.g., Deputy Ministers Task Force on Public Sector Innovation; data, results and delivery, and evaluation management tables).

The Impact and Innovation Unit shares Secretariat responsibilities with the Treasury Board Secretariat, including Committee planning and logistics, ensuring that the Committee is a high-value vehicle for its members, and sharing insights and Committee materials with all interested public servants.

Behavioural Insights Community of Practice

Behavioural insights is attracting considerable interest from governments across the country and around the world. The field draws on research from behavioural economics and psychology to influence choices in decision-making. It has been used by governments around the globe to successfully improve outcomes in a number of policy, program, and service areas including retirement savings, access to post-secondary education, on-time tax payment, and healthcare.

In fall 2016, in response to broad and growing interest in behavioural insights across the federal public service, the IIU launched a horizontal network of employees, practitioners and researchers (Behavioural Insights Community of Practice — BI CoP) across the government to share information, research methodologies, and experimentation results. The BI CoP membership is open to all public servants interested in this subject, at all levels. This open model has a mandate to include education, training, and awareness-building and is supported by an online community to ensure its availability to all Government of Canada employees. The IIU co-chairs this community of practice along with Employment and Social Development Canada.

Behavioural Insights Network — Federal, Provincial, Municipal Network

To complement the internal BI CoP, the IIU is bringing together provincial, territorial and municipal governments working in the field of behavioural insights. This Behavioural Insights Network facilitates stronger communication and collaboration in behavioural insights across the country, at all levels of government, by providing a forum to share experience and make linkages and potential project partnerships.

British Columbia

Government of British Columbia

Durham Region

Regional Municipality of Durham

Newfoundland and Labrador

Government of Newfoundland and Labrador


Government of Ontario

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Region of Peel


Government of Alberta

Impact Measurement Technical Working Group

The Impact Measurement Technical Working Group was established in August 2018 to help the IIU advance impact measurement practices across the federal government.  The group meets quarterly to share information on current and emerging needs related to impact measurement and experimentation and provide feedback on the tools, training and guidance prepared by the IIU and its partners to ensure relevance, comprehensiveness, and usability. Working group members include senior-level evaluators, performance measurement experts, and results and delivery advisors from across the public service.     


Academic Institutions

The Impact and Innovation Unit’s impact is also strengthened by its partnerships with the academic sector, including the Harvard Business School, Sheridan College, the University of Victoria, Queen’s University, The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Western University.

Sheridan College Collaboration — Improving the Lives of Canadians through Public Sector Innovation

The Impact and Innovation Unit (IIU) has partnered with Sheridan College’s Bachelor of Interaction Design Program to gather fresh ideas to addressing some of Canada’s most pressing societal challenges from committed students with expertise in design thinking. The IIU facilitates partnerships between students working on public sector innovation and policy design and Government of Canada departments interested in working with students on relevant challenges within their mandate. Federal subject matter expertise and feedback are provided to students on a regular basis.

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