A Journey Through the Looking Glass
On Wednesday, October 16th, Lisa Lalande, Executive Director, Mowat NFP was the keynote presenter at CUP’s Annual Celebration Event. Her message was the nature of policy is never permanent – it is always exposed to being changed. It is challenging, complicated, complex and sometimes messy. The journey to policy is really about understanding ‘impact’ and being able to articulate what you do and why you do it. The work is intentional and ongoing. The relationships you create and the processes you also choose are as important as the outcome.
During her presentation she referenced these resources:
Bridging the Gap: Designing aCanadian What Works Centre
What Works Network: Fives Years On
Committing to Action: Next Steps to Canada’s Evidence Ecosystem
Policy Capacity in the Social Sector: A critical time to engage
On Thursday, October 17th, Lisa Lalande, Executive Director, Mowat NFP and Joanne Cave, Senior Policy Associate, Mowat NFP joined Karen Edwards for a panel discussion drawing on their experiences of engaging in social sector policy development provincially, nationally, and internationally to address the role we all play in policy. No matter what your perceived level of 'policy capacity', we all have ways we experience or interact with policy. Whether you are aware of the current context in which social policies are developed, contributing to the evidence they draw on, or engaging in emerging policy conversations, we all need to be part of the conversation. The audio of the discussion is available here.