Powering Innovation
in Government
Through Analytics

Presented by
SAS Canada & The Institute of Public Administration of Canada


Globalization, changing demographics and tough economic times present complex challenges for governments who are tasked to meet public policy targets and improve service delivery to citizens. Government leaders recognize that business-as-usual will not get them where they want to be without a focus on public sector transformation.

Transformation requires innovation. And innovation requires new ideas and insights – many coming from an increased use of data and analytics across the organization. As technology continues to rapidly evolve, governments around the world are challenged to keep pace and by harnessing the power of government data public sector organizations can become more intuitive and innovative allowing them to meet the expectations of today’s citizens.

Join us for the 2017 Government Analytics Leadership Forum, presented by SAS Canada and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada, as we explore how government analytics can enhance public sector service delivery. Public sector executives and managers will learn what can happen when everyone has access to first-rate analytics. Innovation skyrockets, collaboration kicks in and informed decisions are made with ease!

Agenda and Presentations

Wednesday April 26
7:30 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast, Networking and Solutions Showcase
8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

8:40 a.m.

IPAC Welcome

  • Danielle Poulin
    Chair, IPAC National Capital Region Group
8:45 a.m.

IPAC Address

9:00 a.m.

Innovating Government Decision Making through Analytics

  • Steve Bennett
    Global Lead for Government Practice, SAS
    Former Director of the U.S. National Biosurveillance Integration Center in the Department of Homeland Security
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9:45 a.m.

Transformation & Innovation with Analytics: Challenges & Opportunities for Government

10:30 a.m.
Break: Networking and Solutions Showcase
11:00 a.m.

Executive Panel - Privacy and Analytics: Can they Co-exist?

Privacy and analytics go hand in hand, and yet the relationship is not well understood and represents a risk for organizations dealing with data and analytics. Concerns can derail or delay the implementation of analytic initiatives. Education and clarity around these issues is an important part of achieving success with analytics. This interactive executive panel will discuss how government organization can make Privacy & Analytics work together.

Moderator :

Panellists :

  • Larry Motiuk, PhD.
    Assistant Commissioner, Policy, Correctional Service Canada
  • Kris Klein
    nNovation LLP and Managing Director, IAPP Canada
  • Larry Kennedy
    Manager, Privacy Policy, Governance and Compliance, Privacy Management Division Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Ph. D.
    Executive Director, Privacy and Big Data Institute Ryerson University
    (Video comment)
12:00 p.m.Lunch Buffet, Networking and Solutions Showcase
1:00 p.m.

Breakout Sessions A
A1 - Managing Risk with Analytics

Identifying and proactively addressing risks within public sector organizations creates value for customers, employees, and society overall. Effective risk management allows organizations to seize opportunities related to the achievement of their objectives.

Among the myriad of risks are operational risks that benefit greatly from the harnessing of data and analytics to identify, prioritize and treat individual high risk transactions. Applications include income tax non-compliance, benefit payment fraud and errors, passenger and cargo border screening and passport processing to name a few.

This session will showcase proven best practices for achieving results in these areas and explore case studies from governments around the world.

A2 - How to Apply Analytics to Government Workplace Challenges: New levels of precision for recruiting, retention, talent development and workforce readiness

Although the public sector workforce has been steadily growing, there is a large cohort of aging skilled workers who will retire in the near future, taking their skills and knowledge with them. Coupled with impending budget cuts that will necessitate reductions in force public sector leaders are faced with a major challenge.  They will need to plan ahead and take action in a very deliberate and strategic way to avoid organizational upheaval and resource gaps that will threaten the effectiveness of our public sector organizations.

Government executives need to look into the future and make informed succession plans and decisions to ensure their organization continues to have the right staff with the right skillsets and experience. By analyzing data this presentation will share how managers can make better decisions that will help them to prepare for the looming workforce crisis. Attendees will also learn how to develop a robust workforce analytical solution that enables executives to quickly aggregate and analyze massive volumes of workforce data.

2:00 p.m.Break: Networking and Solutions Showcase
2:15 p.m.

Breakout Sessions B
B1 – Government Benefit Programs Transformation with Analytics

Key roles of government include providing for the public good, managing economic conditions and redistributing income and resources to create conditions for prosperity. Redistribution of income and resources takes the form of benefit payments to the old, the disabled, and the socially challenged as well as subsidized housing, food, health care and providing pensions for the elderly.

It’s a challenging mandate to administer the disbursement of the billions of dollars related to these programs, ensuring proper stewardship over the funds and that citizens can easily understand, get access to benefits and interface with the government department.

In this session we will discuss how benefit programs are being modernized to better deliver their mandates using data and analytics for payment integrity, citizen intelligence, and budgeting.

B2 - Strategy Alignment with Analytics and Data

When it comes to data and analytics strategy, it is often a circular “chicken and egg” argument of which comes first. And, in reality, the answer is neither. Successful data and analytics strategies are driven by business strategy, and in the public sector this means key government initiatives and public policy are the drivers.  The unfortunate reality is that many public sector IT and business professionals forego strategic planning and wait for economic or political realities to dictate how their departments will succeed.

In this session we will look at how to effectively and proactively align your data and analytics efforts to key government initiatives versus waiting for the political winds to blow. You’ll learn how to apply the concept of strategy mapping to inform project prioritization and tactical roadmaps for scaling in to cross-departmental and cross-ministry capabilities. We will also explore how to measure and define the success of your programs in terms that will capture and retain the attention of executive leadership. You will not only learn how to clearly outline your data and analytics strategies, but also how to put them in to action and consistently demonstrate success.

3:15 p.m.Closing Reception

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