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Evaluation of Growing Forward 2 Cost-shared Programming Strategic Initiatives – Summary Report

About the Evaluation

Cost-shared Programming Description

What the evaluation found

Program Relevance

Program Performance

Program Design and Delivery

What We Learned

Cost-shared Programming Remains Relevant and is Aligned to Priorities

Examples illustrate progress toward achievement of outputs and outcomes

Limitations Regarding Data Hampered the Ability to Assess the Program Performance

Program Financial Administration is Effective, but There is Room for Improvement in Program Design and Delivery

Recommendations

Recommendation 1: Programs Branch and Strategic Policy Branch should include in each bilateral agreement a requirement for standardized data against common indicators that will enable AAFC to assess the effectiveness of the Cost-shared Program.

Management Response Agreed. The Multilateral Framework Agreement for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership includes a provision that states that all parties agree to develop consistent and comparable performance indicators and that the process for reporting will be set in each provincial/territorial Bilateral Agreement.

Programs Branch is working with Strategic Policy Branch and with its provincial/territorial counterparts to develop and implement a Performance Measurement Strategy for the Cost-Shared Strategic Initiatives under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The Strategy will include a logic model that links indicators to outcomes and a comprehensive data dictionary for outputs, outcomes and indicators. The outcomes and indicators for which the PTs are responsible to reporting on annually will be included in the Bilateral Agreements.

In addition, a provision will be added to PT Bilateral Agreements indicating that data to support progress against the outcomes in the Performance Measurement Strategy will be collected annually through performance measurement reports. These reports will be reviewed annually by AAFC to ensure the quality and integrity of the data.

Recommendation 2: Programs Branch, in collaboration with other Branches, should leverage its existing communication tools and mechanisms to enable sharing and to coordinate communication among provinces and territories supporting innovations, operational best practices, and other areas of common interest.

Management Response: Agreed. The Multilateral Framework Agreement principles underscore that collaboration among stakeholders is a key factor to success and approaches for information sharing are developed in a transparent way.

Programs Branch will encourage federal co-chairs of federal, provincial, territorial working groups (for example, federal, provincial, territorial Innovation Working Group) to incorporate, in their mandate, a role for strengthening the sharing and coordination of information on areas of common interest among provincial/territorial governments.

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