What is the Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network?

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The Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network improves municipal service delivery by enabling municipal managers throughout Ontario to share information and learn from each other’s ideas and successes. The Municipal Knowledge Network is web-based to maximize accessibility. The Network features beneficial practices that are transferable from one municipality to another.  It features beneficial practices that are relevant to the entire spectrum of Ontario municipalities – large and small, urban and rural, in every part of the province.

Many of our featured practices have been verified by Municipal Performance Measurement Program (MPMP) data. Across Ontario, municipal managers are using its practices to re-engineer and improve roads, public transit, waste management, and water and wastewater services.  At a time when municipalities face tremendous budget pressures, the network documents opportunities to maximize the benefit of municipal tax dollars. The Municipal Knowledge Network is a joint initiative between the Ontario Government and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

Mission

To be a forum that develops linkages and dialogue among municipal professionals. It will be a state-of-the-art web-enabled portal that will provide Ontario municipalities with co-ordinated one-window access to leading edge performance management information and tools, enabling them to increase their management capacity and make informed strategic service delivery decisions.

Vision

Sharing information to improve services

Goals

  • The Ontario Municipal Knowledge Network exists to:
  • Undertake and publish research on municipal best/beneficial practices
  • Share knowledge and information to support the continuous improvement of municipal services
  • Celebrate municipal successes and recognize excellent service delivery models

Objectives

In order to meet these key goals, the OMKN will:

  • Foster dialogue with and among municipalities
  • Produce ‘best practice’ reports based on effectiveness and efficiency data
  • Document beneficial practices (these may not necessarily be based on the rigorous efficiency and effectiveness analysis that is used to produce ‘best practice’ reports)
  • Articulate the value of applied performance techniques and investments
  • Conduct inter-jurisdictional reviews and identify useful resources for Ontario municipalities
  • Develop an Alliance of Associations and link to other organizations and program areas
  • Continue to evaluate its purpose and make necessary adjustments to reflect needs of municipalities

Contact

Bruce McLeod

T 416.971.9856 ext. 350
TF 1.877.426.6527
F 416.971.6191