Kroeger Policy Review (KPR) is based at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Carleton University's campus is located on the traditional, unceded territories of the Algonquin nation.
Kroeger Policy Review (KPR) was founded in August 2020 by three Carleton University undergraduates in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a tumultuous time filled with uncertainty. There were provincial and federal orders mandating what you could and could not do; the borders were closed; many of our peers had co-op and internship positions cancelled; and almost all of us were relying on some form of government support through programs like CERB, CESB and CEWS.
As public policy students, we'd understood the theoretical ability to create widespread change in behaviour and the omnipresence of government in our lives. We realized that this was the first time our families and peers could explicitly see the impact government actions can have on our lives.
We started KPR to bridge this gap by creating public policy content that is informative and accessible to everyone. Content that is innovative and exploratory without being condescending or overly complicated.
But we don't just want to talk about policy. We intend to make policy. KPR is a proving ground for future policymakers to learn the basics, hone their skills, and develop a network of peers, academics, practitioners and industry experts.
Our Organizational Objectives
Facilitate new experiences.
We don't just want to talk about policy, we want to be able to make policy. The world of policy isn't just daunting to ordinary people, it's daunting to students as well. We're providing real, meaningful, hands-on experiences and interdisciplinary skills to our team members. We're equipping them with the tools, skills, and network in order to succeed today and when they're leading the world of policy.
Showcase diversity's strength.
While the need for diverse perspectives has penetrated the upper echelons of Canadian society, diversity is often viewed as a hindrance to expedient business as opposed to an asset. Kroeger Policy Review serves as an example of how diversity, accessibility and inclusivity, applied organization-wide, makes the organization stronger. KPR is a safe and open environment for everyone. Our team is diverse in our race, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, experiences and beliefs. No two people are the same; no two members are either and that's a strength.
Bridge the understanding gap.
There's a gap in understanding between the world of policy and the people policy is supposed to serve: everyone. We're changing that by creating easy to digest content that is substantive without being condescending or pretentious. We're applying a real world lens to the policies we're examining to show how policy impacts everyone every day.
Push the envelope.
We place an emphasis on creativity and exploration. We're constantly looking for new formats to convey information and finding perspectives that have been historically ignored. We're always pushing the envelope and innovating, despite our small size, in order to create new content that makes us proud.
Kroeger Policy Review is committed to facilitating an open platform for students of all political or ideological backgrounds to analyze, share, and discuss their thoughts. KPR is also committed to facilitating a safe platform, and as such KPR will only publish content that adheres to our Content Guidelines. Our Guidelines are publicly available here.
KPR has no organizationally mandated political leanings, ideologies, or approaches. We encourage our team to be aware of data, historical and political context, and institutionalized inequality in their work. KPR encourages diversity of method, diversity of opinion, and evidence-based analysis.
In order to prevent bias and preserve editorial independence, KPR operates under a double-blind editorial process for all written content.
KPR is supported by the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs.
KPR and its work has been endorsed by the Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management program, the Bachelor of Global and International Studies program, the Arthur Kroeger College Education Students' Society and the Bachelor of Global and International Studies Students' Society.
About Our Logo
Colours and Lines
Forest green and gold are the colours of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs and represents Kroeger Policy Review's ties to the Arthur Kroeger College.
The four gold diagonal lines are adapted from the logo of the Bachelor's of Public Affairs and Policy Management program and represents the connection Kroeger Policy Review's founders had to the program. The lines are slanted to the right to indicate progress.
The infinity symbol symbolizes the infinite nature of public policy and the policy cycle. It represents Kroeger Policy Review's understanding that there is no start or finish to developing policy, but that it is a never-ending cycle to better serve Canadians.
Kroeger Policy Review's motto is "public policy for the people," to symbolize our commitment to our people-centred organizational objectives. All people, whether they are team members or the general public, are central to Kroeger Policy Review's mission.