The Public Service Data Challenge: you’ve told us how to make better use of data

We sought ideas from federal public servants on how government can improve its use of data, and individuals to take forward the best ideas in interdisciplinary, cross-departmental teams. Thank you to all those who’ve submitted ideas and applied to participate! The Challenge is now closed to entries; we expect to contact successful applicants in early September.

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“Nobody knows our data systems better than the public servants who use them every day. Tell us how to fix problems or recognize opportunities – the Data Challenge creates a space where we can build teams around the best ideas, and provide resources to move them forward.”

Catherine Luelo
Chief Information Officer of Canada

Our champions and judges

The Public Service Data Challenge is supported by a set of senior public servants, including both digital professionals and organizational leaders. Together, they provide:

  • specialist digital and data expertise;
  • the connections required to gather and test ideas; and
  • the influence to push successful ideas towards implementation.


Who are we?

The Public Service Data Challenge is organized by specialist publishing house Global Government Forum, in partnership with Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada.

The program is inspired by the UK’s Civil Service Data Challenge, which reached its Final on 9 December 2021. There, the top-rated idea involved applying AI technologies in peatlands restoration work – but all eight of the ideas shortlisted in the UK programme are being taken forward. “Every single one of those proposals we absolutely loved,” said the UK’s Civil Service Chief Operating Officer Alex Chisholm. “We are absolutely determined that they should happen.”

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