The PSSDC was created in 1998 to bring together service leaders from the federal, provincial and territorial governments to share information and best practices. Subsequently, regional representatives of municipal governments also joined the Council who are currently appointed through the Municipal Service Delivery Officials organization.
The PSSDC has supported a research agenda to gain a better understanding of what drives excellence in public service. There is a sharing of best practices that has led to a number of service integration initiatives which have improved public service delivery across Canada. The PSSDC is a parallel organization to the Public Sector Chief Information Officer Council (PSCIOC), which brings together information management and information technology leaders from the federal, provincial and territorial governments along with regional representatives from the Municipal Information Systems Association. The two Councils work collaboratively to enhance the efficacy of public service to Canadians.The PSSDC supports a research agenda to gain a better understanding of what drives excellence in public service.
Objectives of the PSSDC are to:
- Champion initiatives that positively influence effective, cost efficient citizen-centred service delivery within and between jurisdictions where possible
- Share information and insight; build a knowledge bank and networks including communities of practice that focus on strategic action to enhance service delivery for citizens and business clients
- Foster strong inter-jurisdictional relationships among the three orders of government
- Build partnerships with service delivery-related organizations such as the Shared Services Council, the Public Service Commissioners, the Municipal Service Delivery Officials and others
- Sustain a strong collaborative relationship with PSCIOC to further the service delivery improvement agenda.
The PSSDC fulfills its mission and achieves its objectives through a range of networks, activities, initiatives and partnerships that include:
Identifying and supporting a research program that furthers knowledge of client expectations, service requirements, service drivers, practical service improvements and, public/client perception of service provision. Communicating the research results and insights to senior public service leaders in the respective jurisdictions, to the broader public sector and to interested academia.