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About PPG Portal 
Relationship of the Public Policy and Governance Portal (PPG Portal) to the Atlas
 

What is the PPG Portal? The Public Policy and Governance Portal (PPG Portal) is a "Web 2.0" platform using Microsoft SharePoint at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance. The PPG Portal databases of course content from Canadian MPP/MPA programs were 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, these databases were accessible through a login procedure to registered PPG Portal users. In January 2013 most of the PPG Portal databases were made fully available to the public, as components of The Atlas of Pubic Policy and Management.

What is the PPG Portal's relationship to The Atlas of Public Policy and Management? The PPG Portal hosts The Atlas of Public Policy and Management, the principal tool and research product of the Best Practices in Public Management: History, Theory and Application project funded by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. As noted above, in January 2013 most of the PPG Portal databases were made fully available to the public, as components of The Atlas.

How searchable is the Portal? The PPG Portal (and thus, The Atlas of Public Policy and Management) has an efficient internal search engine that will find words or phrases in the web pages and the several thousand Word, PowerPoint and PDF documents on the Portal. See Using the Search Function.

Who has access to material on the PPG Portal? The public has access to all the resources on The Atlas of Public Policy and Management. Registered PPG Portal users can create their own personal or collaborative project sites on the portal and grant access permissions to other members.

Do I need to be a PPG Portal member with my own username and password? You do not need your own username and password unless you wish to 1) contribute material to the databases, and/or 2) create or become a member of one of the communities of practice hosted by the PPG Portal. The change made in December 2012 to make most of the material available without log in means that students and scholars previously requiring a personal username and password to access PPG Portal resources will no longer need them. The usernames for individuals who do not need them were deactivated in January 2013.

How does one become a PPG Portal member? Send an email to Matthew Seddon, the PPG Portal Administrator, at matthew.seddon@mail.utoronto.ca describing your institutional affiliation. There is no charge for membership in the PPG Portal.

Is there an easy to remember link? You can connect to the home page of the PPG Portal (which is the same as the home page of The Atlas of Public Policy and Management) through the redirecting url, www.ppgportal.ca or www.pmatlas.ca or by Googling <ppg portal>.

Who manages the PPG Portal? The portal is overseen by Ian Clark, Professor of Public Policy at the University of Toronto. The Portal Editor is Ben Eisen (ben.eisen@utoronto.ca), a graduate of the School of Public Policy and Governance and the Portal Administrator is Matthew Seddon, a student at the School. The portal is endorsed by CAPPA, the Canadian Association of Programs in Public Administration.

Who finances the PPG Portal? The development of the PPG Portal project was supported by a Knowledge Impact in Society (KIS) grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (over three years, ending March 2011) and a contribution from the Canada School of Public Service's Innovative Public Management Research Fund (over three years, ending March 2010). The cost of maintaining the PPG Portal is now supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Insight Grant from 2012-13 to 2014-15) for the Best Practices in Public Management project. The University of Toronto has supported the PPG Portal through contributions to the funding for research assistants and information technology services. Schools of public policy and public administration across Canada have supported the project through the time of their faculty and staff.

What are the conditions of use of the PPG Portal and the Atlas of Public Policy and Management? See Important Notices (link is also included in the footer of each page in the Atlas).


Important Notices
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School of Public Policy and Governance