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Closing the gap

Eliminating the disconnect between policy design and execution


Effective policy execution is a critical component of good government and a major potential contributor to Canada’s overall economic prosperity and quality of life. In a recent research study on Canadian government policy execution effectiveness, Deloitte asked public sector leaders to share their views on the ability of governments across Canada to successfully execute major policy agendas based on their unique understanding of how government works.

Research indicated that there is declining confidence in the ability of government to execute on major policy initiatives. It is clear that government policy agendas have become exceedingly intricate with the involvement of multiple levels of government and numerous stakeholders. Added to the mix is the fact that governments must address issues of increasing complexity and deal with the rising costs of program failures, all the while public servants are subject to heightened levels of accountability and scrutiny. Survey outcomes provided critical knowledge that will help influence public management and improve our government in the years to come, offering government leaders a new approach to the effective execution of major policy initiatives.

The survey was conducted over the summer of 2008 with support from the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), the Association of Professional Executives of the Public Service of Canada (APEX), Canadian Government Executive magazine and the Schulich School of Business. Survey findings will also be included in an upcoming book being researched and written by William Eggers, Global Director, Deloitte Research - Public Sector.

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