In order to support and build the capacity of Canadian Civil Society, the ICN conducts research, polling and analysis on important and timely topics. The are designed to help Canadian development actors, the Canadian government, and the public to further understand the current landscape of international cooperation and development. In addition, the ICN makes submissions to relevant calls for input on government policy based on member consultations as well as policy research.

Canada 2030: ICN National Submission on Global Affairs Canada’s International Assistance Review
In response to Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s public review and consultation of Canada’s international assistance policy and funding framework, the ICN submitted an in-depth report highlighting the importance of The Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development, Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Paris Agreement on climate change point to the need for urgent action by Canada and others to address global sustainable development challenges.

Small and Medium-sized Canadian Civil Society Organizations as Development Actors 
In 2016, the ICN commissioned a study on the current state of funding for Canadian development organizations, which highlighted the disproportionate cut in funding to small and medium-sized organizations. The study also provides empirical evidence of the key role that small and medium-sized organizations play in engaging the people in their communities and achieving international development objectives. 

The Civil Society Partnership Policy
The ICN has submitted comprehensive comments on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy. In this report, the ICN stresses that adherence to human rights- based principles, commitments, standards, and approaches be explicit preconditions for partnership, that the expertise brought by CSOs in particular should be the focus of the policy, and that DFATD should ensure the conformity of the meaning of the French and English versions of the text of the policy.