Royal Commissions and Task Forces as Mechanisms of Program Review

Notwithstanding the development of the functions of and structures for program evaluation and external audit, Canadian governments continue to use royal commissions and task forces as temporary mechanisms for ad hoc, special program reviews. This paper analyses the reason for the continued use of these temporary organizations and assesses their advantages and disadvantages in organizational terms. The criteria used in this assessment include independence, objectivity and organizational learning.

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