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Evaluation quality is a fundamental issue within the evidence-based management and policy movement. The Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada (TBS) conducted a wide-ranging review of the quality of federal evaluations in 2004. In terms of its relevance and methodology and the credibility of its conclusions, is the meta-evaluation a success? This article answers the question by presenting an evaluation of the TBS quality review. Despite serious shortcomings with respect to the quality theory and criteria, design, coding process, and data analysis, the meta-evaluation conclusions are relevant and credible overall. Lessons learned from this quality review are proposed as recommendations for evaluators and officials responsible for evaluation units who wish to conduct a similar review that does not suffer from the same shortcomings.

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