August 6th

Call to IPAC Toronto Members for Experiential Education Project Proposals


Do you have some research or benchmarking you have been looking to start but haven’t found the time? Need some policy analysis completed or a program evaluated? Want to get a jump ahead at some PEST factors affecting your business line?  

IPAC Toronto Regional Group (TRG) and York University’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) are partnering to offer an exciting opportunity for IPAC TRG members!

SPPA offers existing Experiential Education courses for fourth year students, in policy analysis and program evaluation, among others. This approach has a track record of successful partnerships on client projects with public sector organizations.

Not only can you get some help with your side projects or get a head start identifying some future needs for your business line, but you can provide some keen fourth year SPPA students  - the next generation of public servants - some great experience!

Project Details

Project Team: Client projects are normally conducted by small groups of fourth-year students acting as your advisors.

Timeline: Project start-up is in September/October 2020. Projects completion in March/April 2021

Cost: Nominal project costs for these pro bono engagements are borne by sponsoring organizations and/or York experiential education budgets.

Communications: Host organizations are notified of interim milestones once their project is selected.

Next Steps: SPPA will collect and sort proposals with an eye to project quality, relevance, and timelines. Not all project proposals may be selected depending on the number and selection available. Proposals not selected may be carried forward to subsequent years.

Previous Partners: federal agencies, provincial ministries, local governments, indigenous communities; non-governmental organizations

Potential Benefits:

  • Move forward that research project you haven’t had time to do and give some future public servants some valuable experience.
  • Uncover cost-savings and new revenue sources
  • Continuously improve service quality and citizen satisfaction
  • Renew the capacity and leadership of the public service
  • Forge lasting relationships between government, the broader public service sector and academia


You can submit your project proposals by clicking on MachForm: Experiential Education Project Proposal by August 31st 2020.   If you have questions or want to discuss your potential project please contact: Policy Analysis – Professor John Wilkins [email protected]; or  Program Evaluation – Professor Peter Constantinou [email protected].