Minister’s Briefing Cases for PPG1007 Section I

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Cases and teams for the Minister’s Briefing Assignment

The Minister’s Briefing Assignment in Section I has been designed to use “live cases with real clients.”

The live cases and the real clients

Following an expression of preferences by the students, four live cases of potential government interest to the government were selected from six options.

The real clients are shown on the right.

The four cases and teams (click for case presentation web page)

A – Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Communities – Kaitlin De Menna, Emily Graham, Rebecca Hellam, and Joseph Sorestad

B – Services for Indigenous Peoples in Toronto – Rupinder Bagha, Katerina Stamadianos, Nicole Winger, and Tony Yin

C – Education for First Nations Community Services – Daniel Blazekovic, Reena Manjania, Madeline Poole, and Duncan Tooley

D – Engaging Graduate Students in Real Cases – Sacha Forstner, Sanya Ramnauth, Jessica Sopher, and Alec Wreford

NOTE: For reference, the other two assignments for Section I of PPG1007 using live cases and real clients are First Nations Drinking Water and Munk Amalgamation Student Initiative.


Presentation to people playing the role of the real clients

The Minister’s Briefing Assignment is designed to help prepare students to make slide presentations to and respond to questions from Ministers and senior public servants. To achieve this, given the logistical infeasibility making the presentation to the real clients noted above, two of the Resource Persons and one of the real clients and her advisor have been asked to role-play the four clients in the following hypothetical scenario:

Imagine that you are members of a four-person team of recent MPP graduates who are now working in the Ontario Regional Office of Indigenous Services Canada and have been working for a month on your assigned project. Imagine that the Minister and Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services and the Secretary of the Treasury Board, are, having planned to be in Toronto on other business, have agreed to come to the Regional Office boardroom on 28 March 2018 to hear project presentations. All four will have received on 27 March the links to the four Atlas pages housing the PowerPoint presentations and will have printed copies with them at the meeting.

These four real clients will be role-played in the classroom by:

  • Anne Scotton playing the role of Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Jim Mitchell playing the role of the Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services
  • Andrew Graham playing the role of the Secretary of the Treasury Board
  • Lora Thacker playing the role of Regional Director General Anne Scotton
A – Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Communities

Building on the work done by the class on the First Nations Drinking Water case focusing on 16 Ontario communities, recommend specific measures that the Government of Canada could take to improve the chances of meeting the commitment to end long-term boil water advisories on all First Nations communities in Ontario by March 2021.

B – Services for Indigenous Peoples in Toronto

On 28 August 2017 the Prime Minister announced that the “new Minister of Indigenous Services will continue the important work of improving the quality of services delivered to First Nations, Inuit and Métis people. This will include ensuring a consistent, high quality, and distinctions-based approach to the delivery of those services. A rigorous results and delivery approach will be adopted, focused on improving outcomes for Indigenous Peoples.”

Your team is to prepare options and recommendations for undertaking a 5-year pilot project to improve the services for Indigenous peoples residing in the Greater Toronto Area through better coordination of the programs delivered by federal, provincial, and municipal governments and the non-profit agencies funded by those governments. Your recommendations should take account of the Canada-wide initiatives undertaken by the federal government as described in Urban Aboriginal Strategy Engagement 2016, Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples, Canada Announces New Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples, and the Audit of the Urban Aboriginal Strategy Programs.

C – Education for First Nations Community Services

The federal and provincial governments are committed to increasing the self reliance and socio-economic viability of First Nations communities in Ontario. Two challenges faced by most communities are: 1) the recruitment and retention of qualified community-service professionals such as health providers, care givers, and infrastructure operators; and 2) the lack of local employment opportunities for First Nations community members. Could regional initiatives in education and training address both challenges simultaneously?

Your team is to advise on the design and implementation of an education-for-community-services initiative that Indigenous Services Canada could undertake, working with the Ontario government and its broader public sector institutions, and in consultation with First Nations peoples, to enable more First Nations community members to provide high-quality community services on First Nations in Ontario.

D – Engaging Graduate Students in Real Cases

Governments should be able to benefit from engaging graduate students to help with current challenges but arranging for this to occur requires commitment, careful design, and clear understandings by all parties. Many leading MPP/MPA programs in the United States have been able to make arrangements with governments to sustain courses that use live cases and real clients, but such courses are very rare in Canada (see Designing an MPP/MPA Course on Implementation with Live Cases and a Real Client).

Your team is to review the SPPG – Indigenous Services Canada PPG1007 pilot project and compare it with other North American MPP/MPA courses that use live cases and real clients. You are to present recommendations to the Minster and Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services and the Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada on whether and how the pilot project should be modified and potentially extended to other parts of Indigenous Services and to other federal departments, taking account of the government’s objectives to build the policy community, as outlined in the 29 July 2016 Report to the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada on the Policy Community Project and the 28 March 2017 Clerk’s Remarks at the Policy Community Conference.

Format for PowerPoint title page

Presentation format – a PowerPoint and an Atlas page

The final PowerPoint presentation should contain sufficient detail and be sufficiently self-contained to be useful to a reader who does not receive an in-person briefing. In order to do this a template has been placed on Blackboard that produces a cover page like that on the right and body text like Treasury Board and its Secretariat (which happens to use hyperlinks within the slides that can be used for those reading on a computer connected to the internet).

The team should also provide the instructor, in Word format, the contents of an Atlas page that would contain a link to a pdf of the PowerPoint and could include any other background material and resource links that the team deemed useful to the reader. The layout for the Atlas page would be along the lines of Services for Indigenous Peoples in Toronto.

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 7 April 2018.