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NOTICE TO USERS: Over the period December 2015 to December 2018, we will be migrating the bulk of the content on the Atlas of Public Policy and Management to a new, more modern, platform called the Atlas of Public Management at (also accessible with the New Atlas tab on the top navigation bar). During the migration phase the two Atlases will operate simultaneously. Some links in the new Atlas will point to material on the original Atlas. We hope to complete the migration by 31 December 2018, at which time the servers hosting the original Atlas can be retired.

What you can find on the Atlas

The Atlas uses a number of different content categories to map the curricular content of courses offered in MPP/MPA programs and the advice offered by international government organizations (IGOs). Entries in seven of these categories - teaching topics, advisory topics, concepts, courses, IGO reports, competencies, and reference collections - are assigned to the 33 subjects in the four domains shown on the Subjects page. Content in these categories is mapped to subjects in Illustrative Courses MapTeaching Topics Map, Practice Advice Map, Concepts Map, Reports Map, Competencies Map, and References Map. Views of the content are brought together in All Categories Map. The teaching and advisory topics are arrayed alphabetically in the Topic Encyclopedia and the concepts and terms are arrayed alphabetically in the Concept Dictionary. The Master's programs being analyzed are found under MPP/MPA Programs and comparisons of curricular content are at Curriculum Comparison Tables and Program Rankings by Curricular Characteristics. Links to these and other resources are also found on the Atlas, A-Z menu on the top navigation bar and at LINKS TO RESOURCES on the left navigation bar. More details on how the Atlas models the field of public policy and management are found at Atlas Framework for Analyzing Curricular Content.


The Atlas is built on the Public Policy and Governance Portal, a Microsoft SharePoint platform at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance. The initial Portal database of curricular content was constructed over the period 2008 to 2012 with financial support from the Canada School of Public Service and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and contributions from faculty and students in many of the member institutions of the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration (CAPPA). Until late 2012 the content was accessible only to registered users. Since then, with continued financial support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the School of Public Policy and Governance, most of this material and all subsequent additions are publicly accessible through the Atlas of Public Policy and Management. (See About the Atlas.)


Welcome to the Atlas of Public Policy and Management, an online portal for sharing and comparing curricular content and practice advice in the field of public policy and management. The Atlas is both an analytical tool and a research product of the Best Practices in Public Management project led by Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, and funded by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

All of the information available on the site is open access. However, if you use the information or data for subsequent circulation or publication, please cite the Atlas as the source, in the following format: Atlas of Public Policy and Management, available at

Ian D. Clark, Ben Eisen and Leslie A. Pal
Editors of the Atlas of Public Policy and Management

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