IPAC Study Team Grants in Public Administration

A long-established feature of IPAC's research activity has been the creation and management of study teams. They assemble experts, practitioners and academics to discuss, compare and analyse current and emerging issues. Participants advance their own understanding of issues, analysis tools and management capabilities. The results of these study group initiatives are destined for publication.

Topics include current issues of Public Administration and Public Policy especially leadership, health care governance, education, environment, demographics, performance management and accountability. IPAC is especially interested in analyses of emerging issues affecting all orders of government and the broader public sector.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be members of a Canadian faculty involved in research in public administration or public sector officials employed by a government, agency, board or commission, or the BPS.

Selection: The IPAC Research Committee acts on behalf of the Board of Directors of IPAC to assess proposals and name successful applicants.

Number:  Up to two grants will be awarded each year. Only one grant per year per principal investigator will be awarded.

Value: Up to $10,000.  Applicants are encouraged to seek matching funds from their departments (in universities or in government).

Duration: Applicable to projects scheduled to start in 2011 for 24 months' duration. A final report must be submitted to the IPAC Director of Research on project completion.

Budget:  Budget and justification must be provided in a one-page outline. Budgets should not include salary or honoraria.

Dissemination:  It is essential that the work of the study team be published. IPAC retains the right of first refusal to disseminate the work in one of its publication streams:

IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance  at the University of Toronto Press and Les Presses de l’Université Laval
Articles in Canadian Public Administration journal
New Directions Series
On the IPAC website

The financial support of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada must be acknowledged in all publications and promotion assisted by this grant. Successful applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their findings as a session of the annual IPAC Conference.

Online Application Form

First Name
Last Name
Email Address
Mailing Address
Mailing Address
Postal Code
Name of University or Government
Project Title
Location of Activities
Duration of Project (Months)
Proposed Start Date select
Funds Requested
Names of Other Members of Study Team
Project Document (see details below)

Project Document Must Include the Following Details

An application is not considered complete unless this document is uploaded on the application form. 

1. Project description of no more than five pages, excluding appendices, in 12-point type. The description must include:

  • objectives and rationale (including literature foundations or perspectives)
  • research methodology (and process for ethics approval if necessary)
  • issues for public administration
  • anticipated project outcomes
  • a table of contents that would illustrate how the study would appear in publication

2. Proposed budget and justification, including personnel (one page maximum). Should not include salary or honoraria.

3. Copy of research instruments if any.

Past Recipients

2010: Managing Government Transitions in Canada. This team is led by David Zussman of the University of Ottawa.
2010: Representative Bureaucracy in Multinational States: a comparison of Belgium, Canada and Switzerland. This team is led by Luc Turgeon, University of Ottawa and Alain Gagnon, UQAM.
2009: The Evolution of Municipal and Aboriginal Accountability: Transparency Policies In Canada. This Study Team is led by Rob Leone and Christopher Alcantara, Wilfrid Laurier University.
2009: Revised edition of The Responsible Public Servant by John Langford, University of Victoria, and Kenneth Kernaghan, Brock University.
2008: Understanding and Evaluating New Accountability Regimes: Canada in Comparative Perspective. Study team led by Peter Graefe, McMaster University, Julie Simmons, University of Guelph and Linda White, University of Toronto.  The manuscript is currently being reviewed by University of Toronto Press.
2008: Economic Development Policy Implementation in Northern Ontario. Study Team led by Charles Conteh, Lakehead University, and Robert Segsworth, Laurentian University.  The manuscript is currently being reviewed by University of Toronto Press.  
2006: The Ontario Ministry of Finance, 1961-2000: A Study in Organizational Development. Patrice Dutil of Ryerson University leads this team of a dozen scholars. This research was published as The Guardian: Perspectives on the Ministry of Finance of Ontario in 2011, to be followed by a symposium, funded by a grant from the Government of Ontario. 
2006: The Office of the Deputy Minister Jacques Bourgault, Université du Québec à Montréal and Christopher Dunn, Memorial University lead this team, which was established in 2006. A supplementary grant was approved in 2008 for the data set, which is available to IPAC scholars. The manuscript is currently being reviewed by UTP.
2005: Provincial and Territorial Ombudsman Offices In Canada. Study Team led by Stuart Hyson, University of New Brunswick.
2005: The Public Service Commission of The Government of Canada, 1968-2008. Study led by Luc Juillet, University of Ottawa, and Ken Rasmussen, University of Regina. Book published as Defending a Contested Ideal in 2008.
2004: The Administration of Cultural Policies in the Provinces and Territories. Team led by Diane Saint-Pierre, at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique in Quebec City and Monica Gattinger, University of Ottawa. Book published by Presses de l'Université Laval as Les politiques culturelles et L'Administration publique des gouvernments provinciaux et territoriaux du Canada in 2011.  Editors are seeking additional funds for the English translation. 
2003: From Measuring to Managing Performance in Municipal Government: Recent Trends in the Development of Public Sector Accountability. Study led by Thomas Plant of the City of Mississauga, Ontario and Carol Agocs, University of Western Ontario. This report was published in the New Directions Series in 2005. 
2002: The Executive Style in Canada. Study led by Michael Howlett, Keith Brownsey and Luc Bernier. The work of the team was published as Executive Styles in Canada: Cabinet Structures and Leadership Practices in Canadian Government as part of the Public Management and Governance Series in 2005.
2002: The Auditor General and the Future of Accountability. Study led by Danielle Morin. The team’s work was published in the Canadian Public Administration journal, Summer 2004, Vol 47, No.2.