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Atlas of Public Policy and Management

 

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Ian D. ClarkIan D. Clark
Professor
School of Public Policy and Governance
University of Toronto     
Room 316, 14 Queen's Park Cres. W.,
Toronto, ON, M5S 3K9
www.ian-clark.ca   @IanClark9 
Phone 416.978.2841   Fax 416.978.5079
Cell 416.727.1226   id.clark@utoronto.ca

 
<Short Bio <Bio en français>    <Full CV>   <Google Scholar Citations>  

 

 Current Projects

Teaching and Professional Development at the School of Public Policy and Governance: Co-teaching, with Karim Bardeesy, Leading Change and Getting Things Done (PPG 2014H) and acting as faculty advisor for the Public Policy and Governance Review.

Public Policy and Management Research: With Professor Leslie A. Pal, leading an SSHRC-funded project on Best Practices in Public Management: History, Theory and ApplicationThe project will have three principal outputs: the Atlas of Public Policy and Management and two monographs, with the working titles, Channels of Influence: Canada, the OECD, and Best Practices Advice and The Pedagogy of Governance: Identifying What Is and What Should Be Taught in MPP and MPA Programs.

Higher Education Research and Improvement: Chairing the Statistics Canada Advisory Committee on Postsecondary Education Statistics, and encouraging policy discussion of the ideas in two co-authored books: Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario, Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran, Michael L. Skolnik, and David Trick, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009, and Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario, Ian D. Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2011). See Academic Transformation and Academic Reform.

Departmental Audit Committees: Chairing the Audit Committee for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and participating as a member of the Audit Committee for Health Canada. 

 

 Books

Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-Effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario. Ian D. Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon, Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2011, 300 pages. <www.academicreform.ca> <View Table of Contents> <View Introduction>

Academic Transformation: The Forces Reshaping Higher Education in Ontario, Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran, Michael L. Skolnik, and David Trick, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2009, 244 pages. <www.academictransformation.ca >

 

 Selected Articles and Posts

"Program Evaluation and Aboriginal Affairs: A History and a Thought Experiment," Ian D. Clark and Harry Swain, penultimate draft of a chapter in an edited volume A Subtle Balance: Expertise, Evidence, and Democracy in Policy and Governance, 1960-2010, McGill-Queens University Press, 2015. The publisher has given the authors permission to post this draft.

"Research and Reluctance in Improving Canadian Higher Education," Ian D. Clark and Ken Norrie, Chapter 9 (pp. 189-217) in Making Policy in Turbulent Times: Challenges and Prospects for Higher Education (2013), edited by Paul Axelrod, Roopa Desai Trilokekar, Theresa Shanahan and Richard Wellen. Montreal and Kingston: Queen's Policy Study Series, McGill-Queen's University Press, pp. 446. <View publisher site>  <View pdf of earlier version prepared following 2012 workshop>

"How to get better research - and teaching - from universities," Ian D. Clark, Policy Options, Vol. 34, No. 1, December 2012-January 2013, pp. 48-50.

"Evidence of declining literacy among Canadian university graduates lends urgency to academic reform," Ian D. Clark, HEQCO It's Not Academic, December 18, 2012.   

"Recent Research on the Benefits of University for Marginal Students: Implications for Ontario’s Enrollment Planning," Ian D. Clark, Public Policy and Governance Review, November 29, 2012.

"Looking to California for higher-education policy inspiration," Ian D. Clark, National Post, p. 14, November 28, 2012.

"Expanding graduate programs and renewing the professoriate: What’s the connection?" Ian D. Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon, Academic Matters, March 22, 2012.

"Teaching-oriented universities and undergraduate participation in research," Comment by Ian Clark on Alan Slavin’s University Affairs column, January 29, 2012. <View pdf>

"Master's of Public Administration and of Public Policy: An Analysis of Academic Programs and Professional Competencies in Canada," Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, Croatian and Comparative Public Administration, Vol. 11, No. 4, 2011, pp. 947-984.

"Improving undergraduate education in Canada – the good and not so good news," The University Commons, AUCC, November 21, 2011.

"What can fiscally constrained governments to do improve undergraduate education?" Mowat Analysis and Opinion, November 11, 2011.

"Funding Ontario Universities: What Role Should Students Play," Ian D. Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon, The Blue and White, November 1, 2011.

"Ontario Reticence in Higher Education: Is it time to contemplate major system reform?" Ian D. Clark, David Trick and Richard Van Loon, The Blue and White, February 9, 2011. <View pdf>

"Bringing Teaching-Oriented Faculty into the Mainstream," Ian D. Clark, Greg Moran, Michael L. Skolnik, and David Trick, Educated Solutions, Fall 2010, pp. 10-11.

"Frugal Public Management Principles for an Era of Restraint," Ian D. Clark and Ben Eisen, Policy Options, Vol. 31, No. 9, October 2010, pp. 67-71.

Different Pipers, Different Tunes: In tough financial times, how do we pay the bill for free inquiry?” A review of Selling Out: Academic Freedom and the Corporate Market, by Howard Woodhouse, Literary Review of Canada, April 2010.

"The Public Policy and Governance Portal Project: Using Web 2.0 tools to specify examinable competencies taught in Canadian public policy and public administration masters programs," 14th Annual Conference of the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM), April 5-7, 2010.

"A taxpayer view of university funding, or Steve and Di's evening on the Internet," University Affairs (Online Edition), March 8, 2010.

Traditional teaching model obsolete in crowded colleges,” Toronto Star, December 2, 2009.

“Professionalizing policy analysis in Canada,” Invited Review Essay (reviewing Policy Analysis in Canada: The State of the Art; Edited by Laurent Dobuzinskis, Michael Howlett and David Laycock. Toronto: University of Toronto Press 2007) Canadian Public Administration, March 2008, Vol. 51, No. 1, pp. 171-179. <Wiley-Blackwell link>

From Red Tape to Clear Results: The Report of the Independent Blue Ribbon Panel on Grant and Contributions Programs,” with Frances Lankin, February 2007, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Ottawa, 140 pages. Cat. No: BT22-109/207 ISBN: 978-0-662-49799-8.

“Advising for impact: lessons from the Rae review on the use of special-purpose advisory commissions,” with David Trick, Canadian Public Administration, Summer 2006, Vol. 49, No. 2, pp. 180-195. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

Distinguishing the real from the surreal in management reform: suggestions for beleaguered administrators in the government of Canada,” with Harry Swain, Canadian Public Administration, Winter 2005, Vol. 48, No. 4, pp. 453-476. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

Special Features of the University Sector in Ontario,” Edited Transcript of Remarks on The Challenges Confronting Public Universities at the University of Toronto Conference, Taking Public Universities Seriously, December 3-4, 2004, 5 pages.

“Reshaping Ottawa’s Centre of Government: Martin’s Reforms in Historic Perspective,” with Evert Lindquist and James Mitchell, in G. Bruce Doern, ed, How Ottawa Spends 2004-2005 Mandate Change in the Paul Martin Era, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2004, pp 317-347.

“Advocacy, Self-Management, Advice to Government: The Evolution of the Council of Ontario Universities,” in The University: International Expectations, F. King Alexander and Kern Alexander, eds., McGill-Queen’s University Press, Montreal, 2002.

Comments on “The challenge of change: Canadian universities in the twenty-first century” by David M. Cameron, Canadian Public Administration, Fall 2002, Vol. 45, No. 3, pp. 410-421. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

Building the New Managerialist State: Consultants and the Politics of Public Sector Reform in Comparative Perspective” invited review of book by Denis Saint-Martin, ISUMA – Canadian Journal of Policy Research, Vol. 2, No. 2, Summer, 2001, pp. 138-140.

Distant Reflections on Public Service Reform in the 1990s,” in Public Service Reform: Progress, Setbacks and Challenges, Office of the Auditor General, Ottawa, February 2001.

“Report on the Compensation of Military Judges” (with Peter deC. Cory and Roger Tassé), Military Judges Compensation Committee, Ottawa, August, 2000.

"Reforming the Canadian Financial Sector: Canada in Global Perspective,” invited review of book edited by Thomas Courchene and Edwin Neave, Canadian Public Administration, Summer 1998, Vol.41, No. 2, pp. 321-324. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

“Global Economic Trends: Implications for Canadian Governments,” Canadian Public Administration, Winter 1996, Vol.39, No. 4, pp. 447-456. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

“A Realistic Posture for Management in the ’90s,” in The Dewar Series, Strategic Leadership for Public Service Renewal, Canadian Centre for Management Development, 1996, pp. 1-17.

“The New Public Management: Canada in a Comparative Perspective,” invited book review, Canadian Public Administration, Fall 1996, Vol. 39, No. 3, pp. 419-422. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

“Inside the IMF: comparisons with government policy-making organizations in Canada,” Canadian Public Administration, Summer 1996, Vol. 39, No. 2, pp. 157-191. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

Should the IMF Become More Adaptive?IMF Working Paper, 96/17, February 1996, International Monetary Fund, Washington, DC.

“Restraint, renewal and the Treasury Board Secretariat,” Canadian Public Administration, Summer 1994, Vol. 37, No. 2, pp. 209-248. <Wiley-Blackwell abstract>

 Selected Working Papers and Presentations

"Public Policy Thinking and the Challenges in Canadian Higher Education," Keynote Address to the 45th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), Ottawa, May 31, 2015.

"Should CAPPA Have a Core? Lessons from International Comparisons of MPP/MPA Curricula," A Paper for the Annual CAPPA Conference, May 25-26, 2015, Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, May 8, 2015.

"Mapping the Topics and Learning Outcomes of a Core Curriculum for MPP and MPA Programs," A Paper for the Annual CAPPA Conference, May 25-26, 2015, Ian D. Clark, Ben Eisen, Mary Catharine Lennon, and Leslie A. Pal, May 8, 2015.

"Update on CAPPA, NASPAA, and APPAM," Ian D. Clark, A briefing for interested faculty, January 29, 2015.

"Normed Core Topics: A method for adding granularity to required competency standards in MPP and MPA programs," Ian D. Clark, Ben Eisen and Leslie a. Pal, A Paper for the Annual NASPAA Conference, November 4-6, 2014.

"Who's Listening? A Member Country's Relation to the OECD and its Public Management Advice," Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark. A paper presented at the World Congress of the International Political Science Association, Montréal, Canada, July 19 to ­24, 2014.

"43 Years of Advice on Improving Public Management," Slides for a presentation to Service Canada's Ontario Executive Forum, June 6, 2014.

"Making Reform Stick: Political Capacity for Policy Change and Innovation," Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark. A paper presented at the research workshop "Policy Capacity for Innovative Governance," Hangzhou, China, May 22, 2014.

"Advice on Financial Management and Anti-Corruption: A Comparison of the OECD, IMF and World Bank," Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, May 22, 2014. See also <presentation for CAPPA conference>.

"What are the core curricular components of Mater's-level public management education and how is learning within them assessed?" Ian D. Clark, Ben Eisen and Leslie a. Pal, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, May 21, 2014. See also <presentation for CAPPA conference>.

"Leadership and Open Government.Presentation by Ian Clark for the University of Ottawa Certificate Program in Public Sector Leadership and Governance, 13 May 2014.

"Channels of Influence: The Interaction between Canada and the OECD," Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, April 14, 2014. See also <presentation for IRSPM conference>.

"The New World of Standards in Public Management Pedagogy: Comparing Universal Accreditation Competencies with the Actual Content of MPP and MPA Programs," Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, April 9, 2014. See also <presentation for IRSPM conference>. 

"Universities, competition and elitism: Lecture for a class in PPG 2008 - Globalization, Internationalization and Public Policy," School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto, March 17, 2014."

"Here be Dragons: Taxonomies of Public Policy and Management used in Recent Handbooks, Encyclopedias and Dictionaries," Ian D. Clark and Leslie a. Pal, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, January 24, 2014.

Who is Pressing for Metrics on Scholarly Output?" Slides for the University of Ottawa Workshop on Rankings in the Social Sciences and Humanities, September 24, 2013.

"Re-thinking the Traditional University Model: Stay the Course or Radical Change," Slides for a Panel Discussion, 2013 Annual CAUBO Conference, McMaster University, June 17, 2013.

"University Governance in Canada: Challenges and Opportunities," Ian D. Clark, at the seminar on Advanced Training in Democratic Governance for University Leaders organized by the Institute on Governance, Toronto, June 13, 2013.

"Where the Streets Have No Name: Mapping the Discipline of Public Management," Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, April 17, 2013.

"Best Practices in Public Management: A Critical Assessment," Leslie A. Pal and Ian D. Clark, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, March 10, 2013.

"How the Harvard Kennedy School teaches management, leadership and the decision sciences," Ian D. Clark, A Working Paper for the Best Practices in Public Management Project, January 20, 2013.

"What Do the Next Ten Years Hold for Canadian Universities?" Ian D. Clark and Ken Coates, A Public Debate sponsored by the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Regina, October 19, 2012. <View video> <View Storyboard>

"Reforming Postsecondary Education in Ontario: Nine Ways to Know if You Are Succeeding," Ian D. Clark, Ken Norrie, Michael L. Skolnik, David Trick, Richard Van Loon, A submission to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in response to the invitation in the paper, Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge, September 13, 2012.

"Using professor-level bibliometric and grant-success data for comparing system performance on university research," A comment for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario on its consultation paper, Performance Indicators for the Public Postsecondary System in Ontario, July 30, 2012.

"A new process for assessing and funding research performance in universities," A submission to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in response to the invitation in the paper, Strengthening Ontario’s Centres of Creativity, Innovation and Knowledge, July 30, 2012.

"Research and Reluctance in Improving Canadian Higher Education," Ian D. Clark and Ken Norrie, Presentation at the York University Workshop, Policy Formation in Post-secondary Education: Issues and Prospects in Turbulent Times, Toronto, March 16, 2012.

Establishing New Undergraduate Universities,” Ian D. Clark and David Trick, Presentation to the OISE|U of T Symposium on Three New University Campuses for Ontario: Options, Challenges and Possibilities, Toronto, February 7, 2012.

"Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education," Presentation to the Progam for New Alberta and British Columbia Universities, New Westminster, BC, January 16, 2012.

"Academic Responsibility Meets Professional Utility: Canadian MPA/MPP Programs and Professional Competencies," Ian D. Clark and Leslie A. Pal, CAPPA Paper for Comment, November 21, 2011.

"Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario," Presentation to the Shifting Gears Symposium, The Future of Public Services in an Age of Restraint, November 7, 2011.

Initial Thoughts on Academic Reform: Policy Options for Improving the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Undergraduate Education in Ontario,” Massey Senior Fellows Luncheon, April 20, 2011.

Human Capital, Academic Reform, and Schools of Public Policy,” Lecture at the United States – Canada Conference 2011, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Ford School, Ann Arbor, March 19, 2011.

"What is Good Governance? New theory and old problems for public service managers," Presentation for the University of Ottawa Certificate Program in Public Service Leadership and Governance, October 14, 2010.

Promoting Differentiation in University Missions: Three Suggestions for the University of Toronto,” Adapted from Remarks at the Senior Scholars Symposium University of Toronto, April 13, 2010.

"Academic Transformation: Highlights of the Book," Presentation by Ian Clark and David Trick to the Ontario General Meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario, January 23, 2010.

Giving our Students Access to the Public Policy and Governance Portal,” Edited Status Report to the August 2009 CAPPA Meeting, August 23, 2009.

The comfortable straightjacket of policy uniformity: Will the economic crisis spur reform in Ontario postsecondary education?” Notes for Remarks for the Joint Universities Panel on How the Economic Crisis will Affect Global Politics, Toronto, April 2, 2009. <View pdf>

The Ottawa Consensus on public management: Why it is flawed and how U of T can help,” Presentation to the Canadian Politics Seminar Series, University of Toronto, February 5, 2009. <View pdf>

Challenges in university financing and accessibility in Ontario,” Presentation to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Town Hall on Overcoming financial obstacles to university, University of Toronto, January 28, 2009. <View pdf>

Can Ottawa Regain its Leadership in Government IT?” Notes for Comments at the “Reform by Formers” Panel at the GTEC 2008 Conference, Make the Shift to Government 2.0, Ottawa, October 28, 2008.

Getting Economic Analysis back into Public Policy,” Presentation to a Seminar on the Role of Economists in Public Policy Co-hosted by Knowledge Impact in Society and the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, Saskatoon, October 20, 2008.

Trust, Service and Happiness: Lessons from Life and Recent Research,” Convocation Address, University of Victoria, June 5, 2008.

A Good Time for Public Administration Graduates,” School of Public Administration Alumni Lunch, University of Victoria, June 5, 2008.

Bending rules, making connections and having fun: Potential elements for a strategy to advance public service innovation,” Presentation to a Symposium on Innovation, Risk and Control at the University Seminar Canada School of Public Service Ottawa, May 8, 2008. 

"Accountability, Results and Misconduct: Should "controlling fraud" become and explicit focus for Internal Audit?" Discussion Draft for Departmental Audit Committees, December 2007.

Rejuvenating the Public Service: How Universities Can Help,” Speaking Notes for Remarks at the Associate Deputy Ministers’ Dinner, Officers’ Mess Hall, RCMP Headquarters, November 21, 2007. <View pdf>

Governance Pendulums in Public Sector Reform: Lessons on Downsizing and Modernization from Ottawa and Queen’s Park,” Notes for Remarks at a Meeting with the Secretary General for Government Renewal, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands and his Delegation, Toronto, November 9, 2007.

A Jurisdictional Competitiveness Framework for Thinking about System Capacity in Higher Education,” invited paper for the Higher Educational Quality Council of Ontario, November 6, 2007.

Speaking Truth to Power: Remembering Doug Hartle,” Remarks following the Engineering and Public Policy Seminar, University of Toronto, October 17, 2007. <View pdf>

Results-oriented budgeting,” paper (with Harry Swain) and talk presented to the CEPRA Conference, Institute for the Economy in Transition, Moscow, June 22, 2007.

"Ontario University Presidents and the Harris Government - with Scene Summaries from the first four acts of The Double Cohort Drama," presentation to the Senior Fellow's Lunch, Massey College, Toronto, January 18, 2002.