Nine of your ideas are being taken forward by project teams

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 nine most promising ideas are now being researched and developed in advance of the Semi-Final in May 2024, when the teams will pitch their ideas to our panel of judges.

Meanwhile last year’s winners – pictured right, with judges – are now implementing their idea, which involves using ChatGPT to transform Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s AgPal search function.

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“The Data Challenge is designed to put you in the driving seat and help you to develop your skills and careers while improving services and the tools available to public servants… The government wants to empower you, our colleagues, to put forward your ideas, and to take the most promising ones forward into implementation.”

Stephen Burt
Chief Data Officer of Canada and Public Service Data Challenge Champion

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 participate?

Joining an interdisciplinary, cross-departmental team, participants develop their skills in project management, business planning, digital technologies and partnership working, then showcase their ideas 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 their ideas, they receive the support and resources required to carry them 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.

It is led by three ‘champions’ – Chief Data Officer of Canada Stephen Burt, and very senior leaders from NRCan and StatCan – and supported by a network of ‘advocates’ among senior data leaders distributed across the public service.

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