Tell us how to make better use of data

Through the 2023-24 Public Service Data Challenge, we are seeking both ideas from federal public servants on how government can improve its use of data, and volunteers to take forward the best ideas in interdisciplinary, cross-departmental teams. No matter your role, employer, profession or seniority, we want to hear from you! You have until 6 December to apply

In 2022-23, the winning team – pictured right, with judges – proposed the use of ChatGPT to transform Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgPal search function. Participants developed their skills in data, project management and collaborative working; and their idea is now set to improve access to public services for farmers and agricultural businesses across Canada.

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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.


Why enter?

Joining an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental team, you’ll develop your skills in project management, business planning, digital technologies and partnership working, then showcase your work to panels of top leaders. The program is designed to boost the skills and career development of participating public servants; and if the judges like your idea, you’ll receive the support and resources required to carry it down the road to implementation.

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Team of people coming up with ideas

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, whose first program reached its Final on 9 December 2021. Two of the finalists’ ideas are now well into delivery: the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office has built a data dashboard tracking the distribution of UK citizens overseas, while Natural England is applying AI technologies to support restoration work in peatland environments.

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