As the name suggests, we are committed to ensuring that our Employment in 2030 findings are useful into the future. Along with our partners and other users of our research, we aim to determine which pieces of the project are most useful, which may have been less so, and what new goals could be added as part of further work.
Our plan for the current forecast + analysis
We aim to ensure that our research remains accessible:
- All our reports (Turn and Face the Strange: Changes impacting the future of employment in Canada, Signs of the Times: Expert insights about employment in 2030, and Ahead by a Decade: Employment in 2030) will be hosted on the Brookfield Institute website indefinitely.
- The 2020 Forecast of Canadian Occupational Growth (FCOG) and accompanying public data and code will be hosted on the Brookfield Institute’s GitHub page indefinitely.
- The data visualization application will remain available for at least one year. After that time, we will assess both the usefulness of the tool (based on user metrics and partner feedback) and the continued relevance of the data in deciding whether to maintain it.
Maximizing policy + program impact
We aim to maximize the impact of this research through stakeholder outreach, partnership building, communication strategies, and extensions to this research. In particular:
- We will continue to offer briefings and tailored presentations to key stakeholders including municipal, provincial, and federal officials, in order to maximize their understanding of and ability to apply our research.
- We welcome opportunities to collaborate with users interested in furthering or implementing our research.
With the support of the Future Skills Centre (FSC), we will design, plan, and execute a series of six Action Labs across Canada. These Action Labs will build on our forecast and analysis by convening stakeholders from key sectors to identify and address regional and national skills-related challenges, as well as to explore opportunities to apply our forecast alongside other sources of information. The proposed labs would translate this forecast into action by guiding participants through prototyping solutions, and supporting their potential development, helping to ensure the Canadian workforce is equipped with the foundational skills and abilities they need for 2030. The Future Skills Centre is funded by the Government of Canada’s Future Skills Program.
Conducting evaluations + gathering feedback
We aim to determine which project approaches and parts are most relevant for our partners, stakeholders, and users. To achieve this, we are gathering feedback from various sources such as:
- Usage rates, including the number of observed uses of our data and analysis by stakeholders to supplement existing labour market information (LMI) or to inform policy or program design, interactions with the data and code on GitHub, report downloads, and data visualization users.
- Survey results from partners, stakeholders, and users.
- Feedback on our research and methodology from discussions with funders, government, and other stakeholder groups.
- Feedback from partners and participants of both our expert workshops and our upcoming Action Labs, including the Future Skills Centre.