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Evaluation of the AgriInnovation Program Stream A:  Research Accelerating Innovation – Summary Report

March 30, 2017

Purpose

To provide a summary of the AgriInnovation Program Stream A: Research Accelerating Innovation (referred to as Stream A) evaluation report and management response and action plan.

Evaluation Scope and Methodology

The Evaluation of Stream A was included in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's (AAFC) Five-Year Evaluation Plan (2014-15 to 2018-19) and fulfils evaluation requirements under the Financial Administration Act, as well as the Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation (2009) and subsequent Policy on Results (2016).

The AAFC Stream A program is managed by the Science and Technology Branch and consists of internal research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer projects.  The program’s budget was $150 million from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

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Evaluation Findings

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Recommendation and Management Response and Action Plan

Recommendation

In line with the new Policy on Results and the Government of Canada results and delivery agenda, AAFC should continue to refine the program’s approaches to performance measurement to ensure that the indicators used and the performance data collected can accurately and consistently report on the impacts of scientific research activities.

Management Response and Action Plan

Agreed

  1. STB is revising all its sector strategies to include logic models to better align with the results and delivery agenda.  Target Date: June 30, 2017. Responsible Position: Director General, Partnerships and Planning Directorate, Science and Technology Branch.
  2. STB will create Program Information Profiles (PIPS) for all programming as per the new Results and Delivery Agenda for the Government of Canada. Target Date: November 1, 2017. Responsible Position: Director General, Partnerships and Planning Directorate, Science and Technology Branch.
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