CVUP 110: Digital Government and Civic Tech

“The two biggest levers for improving people’s lives at scale are technology and government.” –Jennifer Pahlka, Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

How can today’s public servants use technology and design to deliver high-quality public services and engagement opportunities?

Modern technology enables government services that are more responsive and resident-focused. In order to deliver these new tech-enabled services, governments need a strong understanding of the tools and processes for tech and design. Digital Government and Civic Tech (CVUP 110) introduces public servants to these tools and processes to prepare them to lead a digital transformation in the public sector.

Whether developed internally or in collaboration with community, tech can help government achieve outcomes that improve life for residents. These outcomes don’t happen by chance: government innovators need to be prepared to work in ways that are relatively new to government. With a strong focus on case studies and practical applications, this course will cover the best practices emerging in digital government, including prototyping, human centered design, and agile project management. The course format includes a balanced mix of lectures, guest interviews, readings, and in-class activities. By the end of the course, students will be familiar with the tools, methods, and processes of digital government, and be able to identify opportunities to apply them to their own work.

This course is offered in collaboration with Code for Canada, a nonprofit organization that connects government innovators with the tech, data, and design community, and helps enable better engagement and services for residents.

Who Should Enrol

While this course is designed specifically to meet the needs and interests of government staff, it is open to everyone.

Enrol Now

CVUP 110 Digital Government and Civic Tech is open for enrolment.

  • Offered online in the Winter 2019 term: January 26–March 9, 2019

For More Information

For more information, contact Vickey Simovic, Academic Coordinator, at

In collaboration with:

Code for Canada