Impact Canada: What's Next

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Drawing from our past year’s experiences, lessons learned, and consultations with key stakeholders, Impact Canada's areas of focus for the coming year include:

1. Broader Implementation of Outcomes-Based Models

Impact Canada will continue to work with its federal and external partners to build the evidence-base around effective and efficient implementation of innovation methods that focus on achieving outcomes (i.e. behavioural insights, challenge prizes and pay-for-success instruments) to improve program and service delivery in the federal context. This includes providing ongoing support to its flagship program streams and current roster of projects.

In addition, Budget 2019 announced over $320 million in new funding, including:

  • a new Housing Supply Challenge in collaboration with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

  • Food Waste Reduction Challenge with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

  • local food infrastructure in Canadian communities, including northern isolated communities with Agriculture & Agri-food Canada and the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency

2. Seeking Out New Partners and Removing Barriers to Collaboration

No one team holds all of the expertise or ideas needed to solve some of society’s greatest challenges, which is why Impact Canada strives to bring together a diverse range of partners to advance results-driven action that yields greater public value through new and enhanced program and service delivery. Impact Canada will continue to take a collaborative approach to partnership, recognizing that each partner has a unique set of resources to offer to the partnership in order to add value to the end product.

In some cases, we have acted as brokers, bringing together departments with the right types of third-party intermediaries (outside of government) who can help them get from idea to launch. In other cases, Impact Canada takes a hands-on approach to co-creation, and works actively to bring other departments and partners to the table to jointly plan, design and bring to fruition an outcomes-based project.

Understanding our partners‘ resource capacity and desired way of working will help us to provide better advice and services.