April 3, 2014

Title: The Critical Need for Evidence in Developing Good Public Policies
Speaker: Dr. Munir Sheikh, Former Chief Statistician of Canada, Executive Fellow, School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary, and Distinguished Fellow at the School of Public Policy at Queen's University.

Dr. Sheikh reflected on how public policy can contribute fully to enhancing our quality of life if it is evidence-based. Dr. Sheikh's talk concentrated on examples intended to drive home this point: two examples on the need to do better on developing evidence; two on using evidence appropriately. With respect to the first set of examples, the talk focused on the cancellation of the long form census and estimating the true size of government. Regarding the use of evidence, examples included the design of pollution taxes and policies focused on the middle class.

This event was organized in collaboration with Evidence for Democracy.

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