This week, PGI is publishing two new cases studies emanating from Canada. “TeachOntario” examines the efforts by the Ministry of Education of Ontario to develop an online platform dedicated to the dissemination of localised information and practices across the education system. It provides an excellent example of a public sector organisation repositioning its purpose for the digital age and engaging its practionners to share ideas with each other. The program has been very successful, as the case study attests, and represents an example to follow for the education sector in other jurisdictions, and indeed for public sector organisations characterised by a large, decentralized workforce.

Overcoming Poverty Together” tells the story of the government of New Brunswick’s recent attempt to tackle the pernicious issue of poverty, one of the most intricate and complex issues public sector leaders can encounter. The program, launched in 2008, was an ambitious exercise by the government to reposition its role in alleviating poverty. This repositioning entailed rethinking the problem as a shared one. The government would no longer assume that it is solely responsible for alleviating poverty but would instead work to engage citizens’ capacities to deal with the issue. This meant including citizens not only in policy formulation, via public forums, but also in the implementation and delivery phases of these policies. The case represents an interesting alternative to increased budgetary allocation for dealing with poverty alleviation.

Case studies for PGI are an opportunity to explore real-life applications of the NS Framework. PGI staff work closely with the partner in question to explore how it (re)positioned its role, leveraged resources, engaged citizens and synthesised a vision from which it led on the issue in question.