Auditing and Evaluation in the Government of Canada: Some Reflections

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The paper describes the evolution of the Office of the Auditor General and the expansion of the mandate of the OAG. It argues that the OAG now actively conducts meta-evaluation and process evaluation studies. The analysis suggests that the OAG is becoming more interested in rationale or impact evaluations. It concludes that the effects of OAG involvement in rationale-based evaluations is likely to be significant both in terms of the political process and the evolution of evaluation policy within the Government of Canada.

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