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Evaluation of AgriInnovation Stream C: Enabling Commercialization and Adoption – Summary

About the Evaluation

AgriInnovation Stream C

What we found

Relevance

Performance

Recommendations

Recommendation 1

Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs Branch, should explore options to improve access to the Program for small enterprises, start-ups and emerging sectors undertaking commercialization.

Management Response Recommendation 1

Agreed. In developing the newly launched AgriInnovate Program, the assessment criteria of financial risk have been amended to improve access for small enterprises, start-ups and organizations from emerging sectors seeking to undertake commercialization projects.

Recommendation 2

Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs Branch, should strengthen quality assurance mechanisms for performance data collection and management, and strengthen performance indicators to better measure the success of the Program.

Management Response Recommendation 2

Agreed. The department is working towards a more automated system for the grants and contributions delivery, which will create program efficiencies and improve the integrity of program data. The Directorate will prepare an action plan including an annual quality assurance process to ensure that the data captured by the Program is accurate and complete.

Recommendation 3

Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs Branch, in collaboration with other Branches, should review industry communication strategies.

Management Response Recommendation 3

Agreed. The Innovation Programs Directorate developed an engagement plan for targeted outreach in advance of the launch of the AgriInnovate Program. This engagement plan included outreach to regional offices, regional development agencies, the National Research Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program, and select industry organizations from the emerging sector.

Recommendation 4

Assistant Deputy Minister, Programs Branch, should review options to collaborate with other agencies (Federal, Provincial, Private lenders, and Non-profits) to leverage the expertise and resources (advice and assessment) to better respond to where investment is lacking and providing a sector wide approach to innovation.

Management Response Recommendation 4

Agreed. To develop and coordinate a whole-of-government approach to innovation AAFC has representatives in the following organizations and committees: Innovation Canada, Clean Growth Hub, a government wide committee on the delivery of innovation programming, and a Federal/Provincial/Territorial Innovation Working Group. AAFC will continue to collaborate with other agencies through the committees and structures detailed above to support the government-broad initiative of better coordination of its innovation agenda.

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