Thursday, May 16, 2019
7:30 am – 8:30 am – Atrium
Registration and Breakfast
8:30 am – 8:45 am – Room 118DE
8:45 am – 9:45 am – Room 118DE
As Canada embarks on the NASA-led Deep Space Gateway and will shortly launch the RADARSAT Constellation Mission, the opportunity and need to demonstrate the impacts of these investments are always in the spotlight. Whether it’s answering the question of why Canada chose to invest in space or clearly demonstrating how space inspires young Canadians to choose careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields –being able to demonstrate the socio and economic benefits of space is evolving. Sylvain will outline how the new era of space gives Canada an amazing opportunity to not only change how Canada looks at results and demonstrates the impacts of fundamental science but leads the world into a new performance measurement universe.
9:45 am – 10:15 – Room 118C
Break in the Tradeshow Area
10:15 am – 11:45 am
Session 7 – Room 118B
Applications of Big Data Analytics in the Public Sector: Potentialities and Challenges
This session will be held in French only
Big-data analytics is becoming a tool that can potentially improve governance, productivity, and security in the public sector. However, these new opportunities entail potential costs and significant risks to society. This presentation aims to analyze the use of the technological tools associated with big data analytics in the public sector. We will discuss the need for integrating new technologies in public sector practices along with privacy and security issues to citizens and governments. Case studies from different levels of governments will be presented to illustrate the potentials and challenges of big data analytics in the public sector.
Session 8 – Room 118A
Moving the Dial Toward Digital – # Digital Performance
The Chief Information Officer of Canada has laid out the vision for digital in the Government of Canada (GC): The GC is an open and service-oriented organization that operates and delivers programs and services to people and businesses in simple, modern and effective ways that are optimized for digital and available anytime, anywhere and from any device. What does this mean for government organizations? Are we achieving this vision? What does “good” digital government look like? The Office of the Chief Information Officer wants to measure the progress of GC Departments and Agencies in support of this vision. The team will present the work to-date on a Digital Maturity model which is one piece of a broader digital government performance measurement framework. Working in the open, the team will conduct an on-site user-focused design session where the PPX community will be invited to test and iterate upon the latest version
Session 9 – Room 106H
Addressing Policy Requirements in Performance Measurement for Science-based Organizations – a Forum to Share Solutions to Common Challenges
This session will be a summary presentation from work of the Community of Practice in Performance Measurement and Evaluation in Science-Based Organizations conducted through the end of the 2017-18 and beginning of the 2018-19 fiscal year. At this point three sessions are planned for February, March and April 2019 which build on sessions held through since 2016, under the direction of Nadine Cyr and overseen by PPX champion Melanie Winzer. The work to be presented will include the following:
- How to assess the state of performance measurement in large and small departments, approaches taken and lessons learned
- Improving decision making and results-based management in projects and investments
- Overcoming data challenges to better inform decisions and understand GBA+ aspects of programs
The session will include specific table questions related to main issues identified and some of the methodology challenges.
11:45 pm – 1:15 pm – Room 118DE
Many public sector organizations collect reams of performance data but most of it is used for reporting. In this presentation, Greg will describe an Analytics Strategy that is based on 10+ years of work with organizations spanning his tenure at Cognos Incorporated, as Director of the IBM Centre for Business Analytics and Performance at the University of Ottawa, and his current position as Vice-President of Research at the IOG. He will also provide examples of how this strategy can be implemented with performance data currently available in organizations and explore the challenges faced by departments seeking to make better use of data.
1:15 pm – 1:30 pm – Room 118C
Break in the Tradeshow area
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Session 10 – Room 118A
How Positive Auditing Enhances the Strategic Contributions of Internal Audit
The presentation shows how internal audit can innovate by expanding its assurance coverage to include positive findings on subjects critical to organizational success. The movement toward the inclusion of some positive findings needs to become more systematic and disciplined to more completely meet stakeholder expectations. A case will be put forward that defines and promotes the addition of “positive auditing” to the standard deficiency-focused assurance audit coverage. The presenters will show how the concepts of risk, risk management, and professional practice can be enhanced by the addition of “positive auditing”. Internal Audit`s focus on organizational deficiencies continues to be important, however, professional practices can and should expand its orientation and coverage to include the examination, validation and reporting on positive performances that are deemed critical to organizational success.
Session 11 – Room 106H
Development and Evaluation of a Consistent Rating Tool for Knowledge Uptake and Use
Jasmin Bhawra, PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo
This presentation will provide a background on measurement and evaluation of knowledge translation — a fundamental process for virtually all public programs and policy — as well as the Knowledge Uptake and Utilization Tool (KUUT). A brief overview of knowledge uptake/use/transfer will be provided, followed by a brief introduction to the KUUT developed by Skinner (2007). Examples of KUUT adoption over the past decade will be presented alongside recent adaptations and results from validity testing of the tool. The session will conclude with an interactive session to obtain participants’ insights on their experiences with knowledge uptake/use/transfer, current needs, challenges, and feedback on the tool.
Session 12 – Room 118B
Integration of GBA+ in Evaluation: Testing the “Null Hypothesis”
Evaluation is an important tool for assessing to what extent gender and intersectional factors were taken into consideration in a program, policy, or initiative. This presentation will give an overview of Natural Resource Canada’s approach to integrating GBA+ into its evaluation practice. A core component of GBA+ is examining and challenging assumptions to ensure that inequalities are not inadvertently perpetuated. With the focus on a specific forestry program, it will also describe the results of a case study in the use of evaluation to test the assumption that inequities that need to be addressed are beyond the scope of the program.
2:30 pm – 2:45 pm – Room 118C
Break in the tradeshow area
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm – Room 118DE
Emerging Practices of Federal Evaluation and Its Influence on Decision-Making
Given the implementation of the federal Policy on Results, 2016, program evaluation has had to find innovative ways of supporting the results agenda of Cabinet and other senior decision-makers. Evaluators are being asked to demonstrate the value of their contribution both to improving the management of programs and showing how such improvements can influence policy.
The panel will address two key questions:
1) What are the key changes in the practice of federal evaluation?
2) How are these practices affecting the function’s ability to better influence federal policy and management decision-making?
3:45 pm – 4:00 pm – Room 118DE
Katie Brown, PPX President
Steve Montague, PPX Vice President