Tony Haddad

Fall

Making Evaluation More Responsive to Policy Needs: The Case of the Labour Market Development Agreements

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244-253

This note describes how Employment and Social Development Canada evaluation staff transformed the Labour Market Development Agreement (LMDA) evaluation process to make it more timely, cost-effective, and relevant for policy development. The note provides background on the LMDAs and discusses key drivers for changing the evaluation approach. In particular, it describes the benefits of using small targeted studies, rich administrative panel data, and building in-house evaluation capacity. It concludes with some lessons learned for the evaluation practice.

Fall

Assessing the value for money of active labour market programming for persons with disabilities

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21-38

Treasury Board of Canada's new policy on evaluation and its accompanying directive have placed increased pressure on those conducting federal evaluations to not only quantify the impacts of programming but also make measurable assessments of their value. However, making accurate statements about the value for money of programming can be difficult during evaluations. A number of technical and practical challenges can make common approaches infeasible. This article discusses a recent assessment of the value for money undertaken during the evaluation of the Canada-Manitoba Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities. It demonstrates a number of approaches that can be used to overcome some of the most common barriers to the assessment of value for money in evaluations.