Improving Federal Evaluation Planning

In 1977 the federal government formally introduced a requirement that its departments and agencies evaluate their programs on a comprehensive and cyclical basis. Since then, over 600 evaluations of varying quality and significance have been completed. This article focuses on the evaluation assessment, the principal planning instrument that is to be prepared immediately before every federal evaluation, in order to show its relative success and to identify ways of improving its performance. The article supplements the technological strength of the Office of the Comptroller General of Canada by providing practical, valid, common-sense guidance on how to more successfully plan useful evaluations.

Measuring The Benefits Of Risk Reduction In Program Evaluations And Regulatory Impact Assessments

The risk of death is affected by a wide variety of public policies and regulations. This paper argues that societal willingness to pay for risk reduction should be used in a consistent manner when evaluating programs and regulations affecting the risk of death. We review the conceptual basis for using estimates of willingness to pay for risk reduction and provide new empirical estimates of these magnitudes based on Canadian data. The explicit and consistent measure that we propose can promote both efficiency and equity in the use of society's resources.

Criteria Mapping

Criteria mapping is a method of quality assessment developed in the 1970s and used to judge the quality of care in hospitals. It is based on retrospective chart audit using prespecified explicit criteria arranged in algorithms. Because it considers only the criteria that are relevant to the case, it yields a better measure of quality than the criteria list method of explicit chart review. Criteria mapping lends itself readily to the program evaluation field because it can be program based instead of diagnosis based and collects both process and outcome data, The method is currently used mainly in hospitals, but it is applicable to any field that relies on a standardized case-based record.

valuation de l'application régionale du programme de retrait préventif de la travailleuse enceinte

We have evaluated two aspects of the application of the preventive withdrawal program for pregnant workers or those who breastfeed (PWPWB) in the Ste-Croix Community Health Department area. These two aspects are the diffusion of the program in the area and the effectiveness of our processing mechanism for PWPWB inquiries. About the diffusion, we have been able to estimate a penetration rate reaching 40%. Furthermore, the diffusion by zone and by ecc sector have also been analysed. As for the inquiry processing, it has been possible to bring to light a different attitude from some physicians. An analysis of inquiry processing delay revealed that it was less than a week.

L'évaluation de la mise en oeuvre (implementation) d'une intervention d'apprentissage social aupres de parents

Implementation evaluation is seldom done, even though it is considered very important. This article discusses the evaluation of the implementation of a social learning counselling program for the parents of aggressive children. The evaluation's aim is to determine to what extent the program was applied. More specifically are the social contents, discussed with parents, relative to social learning? Do the contents discussed with parents point out an evolution in the acquisition of social habilities.

The Evaluation Of Statistical Programs: A Case Study

This article summarizes an evaluation of some Statistics Canada household surveys. The results have particular bearing on the usefulness of specific tools in assessing programs whose main objective is to produce data.

Using The Internal Rate Of Return In Public Sector Project Evaluations

Project evaluation in the public sector is a recent development, to which there are basically two approaches. One is to capitalize the flow of future costs and benefits as net present value (NPV) and to prefer the higher NPV when choosing between two projects. The other is to Find the internal rate of return (IRR), that is, the discount rate that brings the flow of costs in equilibrium with the flow of the benefits at a particular time. The tendency has been to prefer the NPV method Or its case of calculation, but this need no longer concern Lis, given the widespread availability of personal computers. In addition Lion, IRR wits alleged to be ambiguous again this is easily remedied. The IRR has the advantage that it avoids the need to choose a discount rate, which involves a risk of serious bias.