Program evaluation in the Government of Canada: plus ça change...

This article describes the evolution of evaluation policy and practice from 1977, when the first policy on program evaluation was issued by Treasury Board, to the current state of evaluation in the Government of Canada. It discusses the changing nature of evaluation policy, resources, and conceptions of the function as well as a number of concerns about federal evaluation that have been expressed during this period. The article concludes by providing suggestions that, if implemented, might enhance the status and role of evaluation in the federal government.

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Evaluating school improvement in Canada: a case example

This article gives a brief description of school improvement in Canada over several decades and describes the difficulties — conceptual, technical and communicative — associated with evaluating school improvement.

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How do you evaluate a network? A Canadian Child and Youth Health Network experience

Over the past decade, approximately 20 child and youth health networks have been initiated in Canada. The value of any network depends on its effectiveness in achieving stated goals; however, description and measurement of network effectiveness is challenging, given the complex multi-sectoral and/or multidisciplinary relationships involved and the relative dearth of evaluation methods specific to networks.

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Evaluation in Canada's social services: progress, rifts, and challenges

This article provides a brief retrospective on three major developments in evaluation within the social services sector over the last decade. These developments include the development of a performance measurement orientation in social service organizations, the growth of empowerment evaluation, and emerging capacity challenges that threaten the use of evaluation within the sector. The author argues that performance measurement has been a positive and necessary development for these organizations, but a new level of outcomes conceptualization is required.

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Randomized and quasi-experimental evaluations of program impact in child welfare in Canada: a review

Respondents to a recent survey identified the evaluation of service effectiveness as the most pressing priority for child welfare research in Canada. After a comprehensive search, we located and reviewed 10 peer-reviewed impact evaluations, published during 1995–2005, of interventions in Canadian child welfare. Four evaluations were based on randomized controlled trials, and six on non-randomized, quasi-experimental designs.

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Patient satisfaction with health care: recent theoretical developments and implications for evaluation practice

Using client or patient satisfaction instruments to assess the quality of services and programs is an integral component of much program research and evaluation. But however methodologically straightforward and programmatically useful, the constructs and theory underlying patient or client satisfaction measures are not particularly simple, and the informativeness and usefulness of these satisfaction measures have been repeatedly called into question.

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Two decades of the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation: a content analysis

This year, the Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (CJPE) is celebrating its 20th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, this study provides a content analysis of the full population of articles and research and practice notes from the Journal's 20-year history. Using a framework that draws from an extensive literature review of similar studies in other fields, the CJPE papers were systematically analyzed and presented through descriptive statistics and graphic representations.

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Program evaluation in Canada seen through the articles published in CJPE

In honour of the 20th anniversary of The Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, this article presents a retrospective of publication trends from the fi rst edition in Spring 1986 to Fall 2004. This review entailed creating a database by coding all of the abstracts and, when necessary, the full article, according to criteria such as the authors, their origins, the purpose of the articles, the public policy sectors presented, the methodology, and the type of evaluation discussed.

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