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eaves.ca: Government, Digital Services & IT Procurement Reform

Next semester I’ll be teaching a course on why healthcare.gov initially turned into a disaster. Why? Because sadly, the failure of healthcare.gov was not special. Conservative estimates suggest over half of all IT projects are not completed on time or on budget. Others suggest the numbers are higher still. What did make healthcare.gov special was . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Government, Digital Services & IT Procurement Reform

eaves.ca: The Future of USDS: Trump, civic tech and the lesson of GDS

Across Washington, the country, and the world, the assumptions people have about various programs, policies and roles have been radically altered in the last 12 hours with the victory of President-Elect Trump. Many of my students and colleagues have asked me — what does this mean for the future of United States Digital Service and . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Future of USDS: Trump, civic tech and the lesson of GDS

eaves.ca: Improvising a Digital Curriculum at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Since arriving as a Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, I’ve been thinking a lot about how to integrate digital into the curriculum. I have a course on Digital Government and will be teaching modules next term on what we’ve lea… . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Improvising a Digital Curriculum at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

eaves.ca: The Empire Strikes Back: How the death of GDS puts all government innovators at risk

The UK Government Digital Service(GDS) is dead. I’m sure it will continue to exist in some form, but from what I’ve read it appears to have been gutted of its culture, power and mandate. As a innovator and force for pulling the UK government into t… . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: The Empire Strikes Back: How the death of GDS puts all government innovators at risk

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Delivery #nlpoli

Michael Barber headed a group of officials for then-Prime Minister Tony Blair that was responsible for getting Blair’s major commitments through the government bureaucracy and into practice.They called it the delivery unit and Barber has become a profi… . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Delivery #nlpoli

eaves.ca: Canada’s Draft Open Government Plan — The Promise and Problems Reviewed

Backdrop On Friday the Canadian Government released its draft national action plan. Although not mentioned overtly in the document, these plans are mandated by the Open Government Partnership (OGP), in which member countries must draft National Action … . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Canada’s Draft Open Government Plan — The Promise and Problems Reviewed

eaves.ca: On Journalism, Government and the cost of Digital Illiteracy

Earlier today the CBC published a piece by Alison Crawford about Canadian public servants editing wikipedia. It draws from a clever twitter bot — @gccaedits— that tracks edits to wikipedia from government IP address. I love the twitter account . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: On Journalism, Government and the cost of Digital Illiteracy

eaves.ca: Open Mandate Letters

The newly elected Government of Canada made its ministerial mandate letters available to the public last week. They are absolutely worth checking out both for their content and as a example of public disclosure/communication. I’ll talk about that latter part in a second, but let me first let’s discuss some background information and context. From . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Mandate Letters

eaves.ca: Moving to Harvard

Hi friends. Just a brief note to say that I’ve been invited to come to the Kennedy School of Government to be a Research Fellow in the Science, Technology and Public Policy Program (STPP) at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. I’ve also been . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Moving to Harvard

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Politics of Menses #nlpoli

Until now, we had no idea how our governments valued menstruation.

Some of you might be surprised to think this was a question but now we have an answer.

Both the federal and provincial governments decided last month to remove the harmonised sales tax from tampons, napkins, and other feminine sanitary products.  In Newfoundland and . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Politics of Menses #nlpoli

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s the muzzling of Canada’s federal scientists assailed

This week, Canada’s three major public sector unions protested the Harper government’s continuing muzzling of the country’s federal scientists.

The post Harper’s the muzzling of Canada’s federal scientists assailed appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Brain Farts #nlpoli

Some people have a hard time with the idea that a great many political decisions are not the product of deep thinking, extensive research, and agonizing debate.

They come from brain farts.

You can hear that pretty clearly in the most recent episode of On Point. The political panel talked about a couple of cock-ups . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Brain Farts #nlpoli

The Canadian Progressive: In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study

A new study says gender inequality in Canada has persisted or worsened in critical areas such as violence against women, women’s economic security, and the human rights of Aboriginal women and girls.

The post In Canada, gender inequality has persisted or worsened: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Needed: a local think-tank #nlpoli

Anyone who was paying attention to these things has known for about 25 years that the province would face a demographic crunch starting ‘round about now.

Anyone who has been reading Bond Papers for any length of time will know that demographics have been a big issue your humble e-scribbler has been banging on about . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Needed: a local think-tank #nlpoli

The Canadian Progressive: Harper’s inhumane mandatory minimums don’t reduce crime: rights group

A new report by the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association says Harper’ mandatory minimum sentencing policies are failing to reduce crime while imposing staggering personal, social and financial costs on Canadians.

The post Harper’s inhumane mandatory minimums don’t reduce crime: rights group appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Free Tampons #nlpoli

Jessica Valenti, a columnist at the Guardian newspaper argued in her column in early August, that women should get free feminine hygiene products.

Consider these points from Valenti’s column:

“UNICEF estimates 10% of African girls don’t attend school during their periods” “One study showed that in Bangladesh, 73% of female factory workers miss an average . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Free Tampons #nlpoli

eaves.ca: Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

Apologies for the lack of posts. I’ve been in business mode – both helping a number of organizations I’m proud of and working on my own business. For those interested in a frightening tale of inept procurement, poor judgement and downright dirty tactics when it comes to software procurement and government, there is a wonderfully . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Government Procurement Failure: BC Ministry of Education Case Study

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Bicycle Roads to Nowhere #nlpoli

Frecker Drive is a well-designed residential street in the west end of St. John’s.  The street is wide:  you can park cars on either side and still have space left for two cars to pass abreast easily along its entire length.

This is a residential street.  As you might imagine, it has its fair share . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: The Bicycle Roads to Nowhere #nlpoli

eaves.ca: Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure

Yesterday, at the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s (PDAC) Canada Minister of Natural Resource, Joe Oliver, announced with great fanfare a new initiative to compel mining companies to disclose payments of over $100,000′s to foreign and domestic governments. On the surface this looks like a win for transparency, particularly for a sector that is . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Canada’s Opaque Transparency – An Open Data Failure

eaves.ca: Great Hacks from the Open Data in Vancouver

Last weekend I helped host an Open Data Day in Vancouver. With the generous support of Domain7, who gave us a place to host talks and hack, over 30 Vancouverites braved the sleet and snow to spend the day sharing ideas and working on projects. We had opening comments from Andy Yan – whose may . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Great Hacks from the Open Data in Vancouver

eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2014 – Five Fun Events Around the World

With over 110 Events happening world wide it is impossible to talk about every Open Data Day event. But looking almost every event on the wiki I’ve been deeply moved and inspired by the various efforts, goals and aspirations of the people who have organized these events. In order to help others understand why Open . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data Day 2014 – Five Fun Events Around the World

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

I took this screenshot (CBC website) of the standings yesterday showing Germany in first place with 8 medals, Canada second with 10 medals and Norway in third place with 12 medals. Yes, that’s right, because only being the very best in the world (we… . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

I took this screenshot (CBC website) of the standings yesterday showing Germany in first place with 8 medals, Canada second with 10 medals and Norway in third place with 12 medals.

Yes, that’s right, because only being the very best in the world (well best at that particular place at that particular time) counts, the . . . → Read More: THE FIFTH COLUMN: Why Does Canada Participate in the Olympics Anyway

eaves.ca: Open Data for Development Challenge on Jan 27-28

This just came across my email via Michael Roberts who has been doing great work in this space. Open Data for Development Challenge January 27–28, 2014 — Montreal, Canada Do you want to share your creative ideas and cutting-edge expertise, and make a difference in the world? Do you want to help Canadians and the . . . → Read More: eaves.ca: Open Data for Development Challenge on Jan 27-28

The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Inertia #nlpoli

In a letter last May to his federal counterpart, economic development minister Keith Hutchings described minimum processing requirements as the “only only policy instrument within provincial jurisdiction that ensures fisheries resources adjacent to the province result in processing jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

For those who do not know what they are,  minimum processing requirements . . . → Read More: The Sir Robert Bond Papers: Inertia #nlpoli