We seek to improve public policy in Canada by generating research, providing insight and influencing debate on current and emerging policy issues facing Canadians and their governments.
We bring together the worlds of research and public policy to improve the lives of Canadians.
We are INDEPENDENT
We believe the credibility of our research hinges on safeguarding our independence and editorial control across all our activities. We are transparent about who supports us financially.
We are NATIONAL
We seek to address policy issues of importance to all Canadians and to be relevant to governments at all levels. We examine ways to improve intergovernmental relations in Canada.
We are EVIDENCE-BASED
The way we conduct our research is open-minded and meets the highest standards of methodological integrity and rigour. We verify our findings through peer review and/or consultations with experts.
We are COLLABORATIVE
The Institute thrives on its relationships with partners from multiple sectors. We regularly convene conversations with outside experts to help advance understanding around key issues and to build productive networks. Much of what we publish is done in collaboration with external researchers, writers and practitioners, who work with us to help inform public policy.
We are INCLUSIVE
The IRPP seeks to reflect the diversity of Canadian society by including a wide range of voices in the work that it undertakes. We are also committed to removing systemic barriers to inclusion so that equity-seeking groups are part of important public policy conversations.
We are KNOWLEDGE MOBILIZERS
We work to unlock knowledge so that policy-makers, decision-makers and all Canadians can gain access to it. We use clear language, encourage dialogue and deploy various means of dissemination to help with this mobilization.
We OPERATE IN CANADA’S TWO OFFICIAL LANGUAGES
We share our work and convene public dialogue in both English and French. We believe this commitment to operating in both official languages helps to enrich our national conversation on a wide range of policy issues.