Working under the premise that people closer to a problem tend to be best positioned to provide additional context to data and potentially act on solutions, the Government of Canada should meet, convene, collaborate and partner with the places that serve Canadians (libraries, shelters, chambers of commerce, etc.) to identify what data is collected and could potentially be shared by non-governmental entities and which public datasets are needed to create open data impacts. This would help address the inherent challenges in the supply and demand approach and enhance the decision making of a greater diversity of actor in the system. Such a context-centered approach would bring more focus on the whole chain of data collection and interpretation on a specific issue and ask at each step of the way key questions about agency to resolve complex problems. The Government of Canada could pilot such an approach over the next two years.
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