What We Do

CAPPA is involved in a range of activities for students, academics and other groups.

Accreditation

Accreditation is a voluntary, nongovernmental process involving a rigorous external review of a program conducted by peers to ensure that the program meets a standard of excellence that provides a high quality of education for students graduating from the program.

Annual Conference

The annual CAPPA conference brings together Canadian and international scholars from various disciplines sharing an interest in public management, public administration and/or public policy analysis issues. This includes fields such as public management, public administration and public policy analysis, political science, law, history, economics, and sociology. The location of the conference rotates between CAPPA member universities and is usually held in the spring. A theme is selected and scholars are invited to submit panel and paper proposals.

Annual Case Competition

The National Annual Public Administration Case Competition is a joint project of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). Canadian universities that have programs in public administration may compete. It is designed to highlight the excellence of Canadian public administration programs and students, and to provide a valuable learning experience for students.

Participants are organized into teams and presented with a “real world” public administration case, with accompanying background material. They work together to develop the best solution over a day. Teams then deliver presentations for judges. Two rounds may be required, and universities with more than one team may have their own internal competitions to determine who will represent the university.

Awards

National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration

The National Student and Thought Leadership Awards in Public Administration is a joint initiative of CAPPA and the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC). It aims to recognize talent in Canadian schools at the regional level and at the national level. It promotes excellence in public administration and showcases the top talent emerging from Canadian programs each year.

Pierre De Celles Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration

The Pierre De Celles Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Administration recognizes outstanding accomplishment that is worthy of emulation. Aiming to foster innovation, CAPPA's Pierre De Celles award encourages and recognizes exceptionally effective and creative teachers. The winner is announced at a plenary session of the CAPPA Conference.