Carleton Student Team Named Blueprint 2020 National Student Paper Competition Grand Prize Winner

Carleton University’s team of Gabriel Flores, Erik Fogal, Benjamin Selinger and Yoni Simhon has been named the Blueprint 2020 National Student Paper Competition grand prize winner. This group of students from Carleton’s School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA) in the Faculty of Public Affairs won for their paper entitled Day-to-Day Democracy and e-Consultations.

“We appreciate this recognition of our hard work and thank the School of Public Policy and Administration for its support,“ said Selinger. “Our paper and presentation are the end result of teamwork, research and focus on a shared goal. We look forward to presenting our paper at the Canada School of Public Service.”

“SPPA has such smart, creative and engaged students, and this is another demonstration of how just how fabulous they are,” said Susan Phillips, director of the School of Public Policy and Administration.

“This team was enthusiastic, driven and confident that their ideas would endure throughout this highly robust contest process,” said Robert Shepherd, Carleton’s co-ordinator and coach for the competition. “Thinking about some practical ways to improve democracy is something Canadians are thirsting for, and this team understood that.”

The paper and the team’s presentation discuss how their program called Day-to-Day Democracy uses technology to open up the policy-making process to Canadians.  The team argues that by employing communications technology to connect citizens with policy-makers, their proposal would contribute to a more networked and open policy-making process. Once their recommendations are implemented, they argue that e-consultations will be taken seriously; Canadians will feel that their voices matter; and public servants will be more engaged with each other and the public.

The team’s paper won out over strong competition from a pool of 89 well-researched papers and excellent presentations, due to its originality, relevance and feasibility. As the grand prizewinner, the team is invited to present their paper at a seminar held by the Canada School of Public Service in Ottawa, with the Clerk of the Privy Council in attendance in early May.

To read the winning paper visit: http://www.ipac.ca/documents/Flores.pdf

To view the winning presentation visit: http://www.ipac.ca/blueprint2020-videos#flores2

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