Welcome to CODF 2017!

We are looking forward to our annual conference taking place in November of 2017. This year's event will build on our success in 2016 and offer a look into Civil Analytics and evidence-based decision making amount other topics.

Stay tuned to the CODF website as we start to reveal all of the exciting aspects of what we know will be a terrific opportunity to learn and network.


Call for Submissions

Open Dialogue occurs when organizations or members of the public work together with government and each other to review, analyze, assess and propose ways to improve government decisions. Along with Open Data and Open Information, it is one of three basic activities that define Open Government.

In 2016, the Canadian Open Dialogue Forum (CODF) hosted a national conference in Ottawa that brought together some 300 people to hear why Open Dialogue is essential to Open Government, discuss how it works, and to collaborate on a set of draft principles to help guide these initiatives in the future.

In November 2017, a second conference will be held, and we are currently accepting submissions for participation in the conference. The CODF 2017 Advisory Committee has identified the following themes for further exploration in building the 2017 programme:

  • • Moving beyond traditional consultation approaches
  • • Open dialogue and evidence-based decision making
  • • Engaging and educating senior leadership
  • • Emerging approaches to citizen engagement - restoring trust in government?

We are looking for speakers or stories that can be presented in the following formats:

  • Case Studies / Panellists
  • Individuals attached to recent initiatives, or who have unique insight in the area of open government.

  • Talks + Workshops
  • Short talks, and interactive workshops. Opportunities for both plenary and breakout formats.

  • “Ignite” Talks
  • Short (~5 min) talks that quickly highlight some aspect of open dialogue. Examples could include case studies, success stories, learning from failure, impact stories, visions of the future, etc.

Submit proposals via our Google Form on or before August 21, 2017. The CODF 2017 Advisory Committee will review all proposals received, and further pursue submissions according to best fit. Submissions not selected may be considered for future events.





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