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Work done for Government of Alberta

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Education

Early Learning and Care in Alberta

Services: Fact Sheets (2013)
Wrote a series of Fact Sheets on how Early Learning and Care is delivered in Alberta.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Education

Action on Inclusion: Literature Review Supporting a Continuum of Supports and Services.

Services: Capacity Building and Adaptive Management (2011)
The Government of Alberta is developing a plan for Action on Inclusion, creating a continuum of supports and services to meet the individual and unique learning needs of all students in Grades 1 though 12. Susan Abells examined the theory of inclusion and identified key elements that should be included to support its implementation, and then analyzed the legislative, policy and planning context in Alberta that would support the development and implementation of such a continuum in Alberta.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Governance Framework for a Cumulative Effects Management System

Services: Governance, Policy Analysis, Organizational Learning, Adaptive Management (2009 to 2010)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry designed a governance framework to describe how the Government of Alberta is to work with stakeholders to achieve environmental outcomes within a Cumulative Effects Management System. It was designed to support the implementation of regional plans under the government's Land-use Framework as enacted under the Alberta Land Stewardship Act. The framework was developed in three phases:

• Phase One (June 2009) reported on lessons learned within Alberta Environment on achieving outcomes by working with partnerships, especially those established under the government's Water for Life Strategy, and included interviews and workshops with Alberta Environment senior executives and staff.

• Phase Two (October 2009) proposed a governance framework for cumulative effects management that went beyond traditional understandings of governance as roles, responsibilities and accountabilities to identify challenges of integration and collaboration, including a methodology to address these challenges.

• Phase Three (March 2010) reported on different models used to manage different types of government functions, focusing on a new approach where public servants are responsible for serving citizens (as opposed to clients or customers) by helping them articulate their shared interests, building a collective notion of the public good and a sense of shared responsibility. Cumulative Effects Management functions that require the alignment of efforts across jurisdictions (vertically between scales and horizontally between sectors) are examples of functions where this new management model applies.



Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

East Central Alberta Cumulative Effects Project (ECACEP)

Services: Stakeholder Relations, Scenario Planning, Capacity Building, Organizational Learning, Website Development (2007 to 2009)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry engaged community leaders from three east central Alberta counties (Beaver, Camrose and Flagstaff) to identify desired environmental, social and economic outcomes that formed the foundation of a cumulative effects management system. Using scenario planning, community leaders identified four “stories of possible futures” (scenarios) specific to the study area. These scenarios were developed using systems-thinking methodology, which was then applied to the identification of a desired future, with accompanying desired environmental, economic and social outcomes. Also reported to Alberta Environment on lessons learned from the project. Susan Abells developed the website documenting the project, which is currently hosted by the University of Alberta, Augustana Campus, Alberta Centre for Sustainable Rural Communities:

http://www.augustana.ualberta.ca/research/centres/acsrc/projects/ECACEP/



Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Upstream Oil and Gas Policy Integration (UOGPI) Project

Services: Organizatinal Learning, Adaptive Management (2008)
This was a cross-ministry project involving three Government of Alberta departments (Environment, Energy and Sustainable Resource Development) and one regulator (Energy Resources Conservation Board). Susan Abells and Michael Henry conducted a series of interviews with senior executives and managers, including Deputy Ministers, project managers and participating stakeholders to identify lessons learned from the project to date. Strategic and project lessons were identified to move the project forward, and shared with others in the department to support future policy integration efforts.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Upstream Oil and Gas Policy Integration (UOGPI) Project

Services: Organizational Learning, Adaptive Management (2008)
This was a cross-ministry project involving three Government of Alberta departments (Environment, Energy and Sustainable Resource Development) and one regulator (Energy Resources Conservation Board). Susan Abells and Michael Henry conducted a series of interviews with senior executives and managers, including Deputy Ministers, project managers and participating stakeholders to identify lessons learned from the project to date. Strategic and project lessons were identified to move the project forward, and shared with others in the department to support future policy integration efforts.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Alberta Climate Change Adaptation Team

Services: Stakeholder Relations (2006)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry facilitated a workshop with a cross-ministry team representing 11 Government of Alberta departments and stakeholders, including academic experts and industry representatives, on issues related to climate change adaptation.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Sturgeon River Water Management Strategy

Services: Stakeholder Relations, Communications (2005)
Susan Abells conducted three studies regarding stakeholder preferences and public awareness of water and watershed management issues including a media scan and telephone interviews with stakeholders and decision-makers. Prepared a consultation and communications plan to raise public and stakeholder awareness of water and watershed management issues to engage citizens in the development of a Terms of Reference for a Sturgeon River Basin Watershed Management Plan.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Battle River Basin Water Management Strategy

Services: Program Development, Communications (2004)
Susan Abells designed and conducted a survey of stakeholders regarding the contents of a proposed public education program to support water management and conservation in the region.

Client: Government of Alberta, Capital Health Authority

New Bylaw for Smoking in Public Places

Services: Advocacy (2000 to 2004)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry worked with the Population Health Division to identify and promote public health initiatives. Worked with Capital Health, the Alberta Lung Association, Action on Smoking and Health, Edmonton Public Schools, restaurant owners and shopping malls to implemented a public awareness campaign to change the municipal smoking by-law to restrict smoking in public places in the City of Edmonton. A complete ban on smoking in all public places, including bars and gaming establishments, was implemented on June 30, 2005.

Client: Government of Alberta, Alberta Environment

Northern East Slopes Sustainable Resource Management Strategy

Services: Stakeholder Relations, Communications, Policy Analysis and Research (2000 to 2003)
Susan Abells and Michael Henry worked with the Integrated Resource Management Division of Alberta Environment to design and conduct a series of public consultations over three years, identifying the vision, values and issues underlying a sustainable resource and environmental management strategy that introduced the concept of a cumulative effects management system. Public and stakeholder meetings were managed and facilitated with industry (forestry, energy, mining, tourism and agriculture), recreational users, environmental organizations, communities, Aboriginal Peoples and all levels of government. An academic literature review of social indicators used in the field of sustainable development was developed (2001), social indicators for the study area were identified, and base-line data collected, analyzed and presented to support the social dimension of the project’s cumulative effects management model.

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