Evaluation resources

Find information about relevant policies and directives. Learn about logic models.

Policy on Results

The Policy on Results (2016) identifies evaluation as the systematic and neutral collection and analysis of evidence to judge merit, worth or value. Evaluations typically focus on programs, policies and priorities. They examine questions about:

  • relevance
  • effectiveness
  • efficiency


Relevance: The extent to which a program, policy or other entity addresses and is responsive to a demonstrable need. Relevance may also consider if a program, policy or other entity is a government priority or a federal responsibility.

Effectiveness: The impacts of a program, policy or other entity, or the extent to which it is achieving its expected outcomes.

Efficiency: The extent to which resources are used such that a greater level of output/outcome is produced with the same level of input or, a lower level of input is used to produce the same level of output/outcome. The level of input and output/outcome could be increased or decreased in quantity, quality, or both.

Logic models

Program logic models are graphic depictions that identify linkages between the activities and outcomes of a policy, program or initiative. They show how to convert resources into program activities. They also show how those activities produce the intended results.

Evaluators use logic models to better understand programs. For more information on logic models and the various components they include, reference:

Evaluation Logic Model

The Evaluation team at the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) works together to follow the Evaluation Logic Model. This model identifies linkages between the activities and outcomes of a policy, program or initiative.

CSC’s Evaluation Logic Model identifies activities, outputs and outcomes of the Evaluation Division. This model shows how they impact performance, prove engagement and build capacity through their activities and outputs.

Relevant policy and directives

Policy on Results sets out the fundamental requirements for Canadian federal departmental accountability in the areas of performance information and evaluation. It highlights the importance of results in management and expenditure decision making, as well as public reporting.

Directive on Results outlines requirements for implementing the Policy on Results. It identifies roles and responsibilities for Canadian federal departmental officials.

Policy on Results, Annex A defines common evaluation terminology.

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