What is public policy and does your nonprofit need a strategy?

  • 07 Mar 2018
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Web Conference: Internet connection, phone line required
  • 402


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What is public policy and does your nonprofit need a strategy?

Public policy isn’t just for governments, academics, and policy experts. As nonprofits have knowledge and experience to share, they can - and should - play an active role in public policy. But what does it really mean to do public policy? And how do you create a strategy and tactics that are impactful?


Karim Bardeesy

Karim Bardeesy is a public service leader who has worked at the intersection of public policy, politics, journalism and academia for the last 15 years. He is a distinguished visiting professor and special adviser to the president at Ryerson University, where he is launching a new Leadership Lab. He was previously the deputy principal secretary for the Premier of Ontario, the Hon. Kathleen Wynne, and served as executive director of Policy for Premiers Wynne and Dalton McGuinty. He has worked as a journalist, an editorial writer at The Globe and Mail and an editorial assistant at Slate magazine, and was a DiverseCity fellow with the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. He has taught narrative and leadership at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance, and has a B.A. from McGill University, and an M.P.P. from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Julia Drydyk

Julia Drydyk is the managing director at Public Interest Strategy & Communications, a social enterprise that helps to build effective and progressive public policy through research, community engagement, and strategy design. For over 10 years, Julia has worked with multiple levels of government and the community services sector to design and implement sustainable policy solutions to complex challenges. She has contributed to advocacy and policy development from both inside and outside of government with a primary focus on poverty-reduction issues.

Prior to returning to Public Interest in 2017, Julia's was the senior policy advisor in the Office of the Hon. Dr. Helena Jaczek, Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, where she provided strategic policy advice toward the transformation of Ontario’s social assistance programs and the design and implementation of Ontario's Basic Income Pilot.

This webinar will focus on:

- Highlighting the role of public policy in creating social change

- Developing an understanding of how policy is shaped in Canada

- Gaining a greater sense of how decisions about policy are made both on paper and in practice

- Understanding whether your nonprofit needs a public policy strategy and how to go about it

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Time: 12-1pm

Cost: Free to ONN members; $30 for non-members

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Nonprofits Driving Public Policy is a five-part webinar series, co-presented by ONN and Maytree, to build the capacity of nonprofit staff and volunteers to:

  • Strengthen your organization’s public policy strategy

  • Deepen community engagement

  • Collaborate on key issues

  • Sharpen communications for maximum impact

  • Build momentum and movements before, during and after elections

The five webinars in the series:

  • Seizing the electoral moment: why it matters to all nonprofits | January 17

  • What is public policy and does your nonprofit need a strategy? | March 7

  • Engaging the community to shape your organization’s priorities and decisions | April 18

  • Strengthening your public policy strategy through collaboration | May 23

  • SO you’ve got 30 minutes with the Minister. Now what? | June 20

Series Co-Presented with Maytree

We've partnered with Maytree and its Policy School and CivicsXchange programs in Toronto to connect nonprofits to experts and resources for more effective public policy. Our aim is to provide accessible, action-oriented resources to strengthen the sector’s role in creating, influencing and implementing better public policy for thriving communities.

Special thanks to our Learning Partner:

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