What is the Public Good Initiative (PGI)?
The PGI is a student-led initiative that provides pro-bono consulting services to community organizations. One of the underlying purposes of the PGI is to provide students with exciting and challenging projects, and to give them an opportunity to use specialized policy research, critical thinking and problem solving skills to build social capacity.
Is the PGI formally part of the School of Public Policy and Governance?
No. While the School is very supportive of the PGI, the Initiative is directed, led and owned by students. However, representatives from the School sit on the PGI Advisory Board. The Board meets with the Coordinators two to three times a year to discuss projects, issues and concerns related to the Initiative.
What type of projects do PGI consultants typically undertake?
PGI partners are active in a multitude of public policy areas, such as aboriginal issues, immigration, environment, education, health, and social services.
Here are some examples of work included in past projects:
• writing policy briefs on supporting newcomer transition into the labour market;
• investigating the impact of harmonization tax (HST) on Ontario non-profits;
• developing and piloting a social investment exchange;
• conducting a current needs analysis of an urban Aboriginal health/healing/housing complex; and
• researching the role of municipal tax policy in encouraging healthy communities.
How many partners has PGI served in total?
PGI has partnered with over 40 different organizations since its inception in 2008. Please see our About page for a list of previous clients.
How much time do students devote to the PGI?
The time commitment for most projects involves approximately one to three hours of work per week per consultant. Most projects have two to four consultants and last for six to eight months. These are general guidelines, but it is also important for consultants and partner organizations to discuss time commitments once they are matched.