Participants: Experiential learning offers participants a richness in their development that cannot be afforded through more traditional classroom approaches. The organizers trust that team members in this event will cooperate and respect one another’s contributions. We recommend participants include their Policy Hack participation on their Learning Plans.

Once participants are involved and the teams formed, each team member is responsible for attending team meetings and ensuring they have their supervisor’s continued support.

Coaches: Each team will be assigned a coach at the outset of the case competition. Over the duration of the planning period, each team will be given the opportunity to work with their coach to develop the best case presentation possible.

Coaches are chosen based on the depth of their expertise and experience as public administrators and policy and/or service professionals. The coaches play a vital role in assisting teams to prepare their proposals and presentations. However, coaches are not responsible for the work associated case development nor for the final products. The primary role of the coach is to facilitate group cohesion, pose questions, and challenge assumptions. It is recommended that coaches attend as many team meetings as possible and be regularly accessible to teams as they work through the process. On competition day, each team will be given 30 minutes preparation time just prior to their presentations with the coach in attendance.

Judges: Two jury panels will assess the team case presentations. Juries will be comprised of high-profile individuals (e.g., former or current Deputy Ministers, ministers, community representatives, academics) who will participate by simulating the role of government decision makers. The Policy Hack team will select the jury members and orient them to the judging criteria.