BC Priorities Projects

The BC Priorities Project is a research and educational collaboration between SFU’s School of Public Policy and provincial government and agency partners, which began in 2010. The goals of the project are to enhance the learning outcomes of our students by giving them the opportunity to work on issues of concern to government ministries and agencies.

Each year, the first-year cohort receive topics from different provincial agencies and organizations that are of medium to long-term interest to them. Students, in teams of four to six members, investigate the problems over the two semesters of their Introduction to Policy Analysis I and II courses (MPP 800 and 807). The program is structured to match students’ interests with organizational needs in evidence-based research and policy analysis. In sessions held in Victoria and Vancouver at the end of the second semester, each student team delivers a written report and presentation regarding their findings and recommendations to members of the partner organizations.


Partner Organizations and Projects - 2017/18

BC Ministry of Advanced Education
Addressing Student Debt

BC Housing
Housing Options for Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults

EcoTrust Canada
Forestry Jobs for Coastal BC that Contribute to a Sustainable Economy and Environment

First Nations Health Authority
Supporting the Role of First Nations Grandparents in Promoting Family Health and Wellness

Office of the Representative for Children and Youth
Options for Regulating Cannabis to Maximize Potential Benefits and Reduce Potential Health Harms for Youth

Alternatives to Payday Loans