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Participating in Federal Public Policy: A Guide for the Voluntary Sector
Working with public servants
In addition to your MP, you should be in touch with the bureaucrats who work on your issues and any related issues. Government staff interested in your specific policy area can be found in a number of ways. Your elected representative should be able to help identify with whom you should talk. Letters to ministers often get sent on to people within the bureaucracy for follow up work. Developing a relationship with individuals in the public service is a key to success.
One key government resource is the Government Electronic Directory Services, maintained by Public Works Government Services Canada. This directory of most federal public servants can be searched by an individual's name, organization or department. You can also access a directory of all government departments through the main Government of Canada Web site at http://www.canada.gc.ca.
TipsFollow the example set by private sector companies who were identified by senior bureaucrats as exemplary in their effectiveness in working with the public service (as outlined in a 1999 analysis by Mark Schacter and Tim Plumptre for the Institute on Governance).
AdvantagesSince much of the work on policy issues occurs within the bureaucracy, having a good relationship with ministers and public sector officials will effectively situate your organization's issue.
One specific approach your organization can use when working with bureaucrats is to provide them with technical reports such as research results, policy findings or option papers related to your organization's issue.
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|Last Updated: 2019-11-15|