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Evaluation of Science 2.1.1: Science Supporting an Innovative and Sustainable Sector – Summary Report

March 30, 2017

Purpose

To provide a summary of the Science 2.1.1 evaluation report and management response and action plan.

Evaluation scope and methodology

The Evaluation of Science 2.1.1 was included in Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)'s Five-Year Evaluation Plan (2014-15 to 2018-19) and fulfils evaluation requirements under the Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation (2009) and subsequent Policy on Results (2016).

AAFC Science is an A-base program consisting of internal research, development, and technology and knowledge transfer projects. The average annual expenditures during the evaluation period were approximately $200 million. It is led by the Science and Technology Branch (STB) and is the largest Program Alignment Architecture sub-program within the Department. The major activities supported by AAFC Science include: maintaining an agricultural science capacity and biological reference collections, conducting scientific research, and facilitating collaborative partnerships and the transfer of research results.

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Evaluation findings

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Program design and delivery

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 develop performance measurement approaches to ensure that STB can accurately and consistently report on the outputs and outcomes of AAFC Science.

Management Response and Action Plan

Agreed

  1. STB is revising all its sector strategies to include logic models to better align with the results & 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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