What's going on in there? Canadian government policy labs and public value management

Adam M. Wellstead, Nora Ottenhof, Bryan Evans*, Anat Gofen

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Government-based policy labs have established themselves across the Canadian policy landscape. This article argues these labs contribute to public value management. We begin by reviewing the public value management literature, followed by Canadian contributions to the policy lab literature. Then, our inventory of 35 current Canadian government-based policy labs is descriptively analyzed, including trends in spatial concentration, the tools and methods employed, their focus areas, the number of years in existence, and their primary role in the policy process. We randomly selected nine of these labs, provide more details of their activities, and present a preliminary public value management typology to analyze policy labs.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)514-532
Number of pages19
JournalCanadian Public Administration
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2023

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