Performance and Accountability Framework - Operating funding

From: Employment and Social Development Canada

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Established in 1998, the Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability component (SDPP-D) is an $11M grant and contribution program that makes investments in not-for-profit disability organizations to improve the participation and integration of people with disabilities in all aspects of Canadian society. More specifically, the program supports not-for-profit organizations across Canada in tackling barriers faced by people with disabilities with respect to social inclusion.

To ensure that the program remains relevant to the disability community, and supports the capacity of the disability sector as a whole, a review of the program was conducted to identify key elements for program renewal.

Following months of consultation, the program was renewed in 2017 under the principles of the Performance and Accountability Framework (Framework), which will guide operating fundingFootnote 1 decisions going forward. The collaboration of the disability community was essential to informing the direction of the program renewal. The Framework addresses the main objectives identified by the disability community:

The Framework is aligned with the SDPP-D Logic Model (Annex A). Funding decisions made under the Framework will support the intermediate outcomes of the program’s Logic Model:


In accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Social Development Partnerships Program, not-for-profit organizations with a primary mandate that promotes the social inclusion of people with disabilities, and have a national reachFootnote 2 will be eligible to apply for operating funding.

Funding allocation principles

Priority will be given to eligible not-for-profit organizations based on the following key principles:

  1. Umbrella - In this principle, organizations must identify as either umbrella or specific disability organizations.

An umbrella organization is one that works to achieve the social inclusion of people with disabilities by supporting, improving, and enhancing the work of multiple organizations that focus on improving the participation and integration of people with disabilities in Canadian society; this could be done through memberships and/or affiliations.

Umbrella organizations will have first priority for funding as they:

  • impact a greater proportion of the Canadian population;
  • have a broader view of the Canadian disability landscape; and
  • are most likely to undertake activities that address intersectionality (for example, visible minorities with disabilities, women with disabilities, Indigenous people with disabilities).
  1. Board of Directors with lived experience – Priority of funding will be given to those organizations that have a "lived experience board", meaning the Board of Directors is primarily composed (51% or more) of people with a disability and/or people who are affected by disabilities (that is, one that is affected by the disability of a family memberFootnote 3 and/or is providing caregivingFootnote 4 to a person with a disability). This principle supports obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) which requires states parties to involve and consult with people with disabilities through their representative organizations.
  2. Specific disability organizations – Organizations that serve people with a particular disability (for example, blind, deaf, etc.). If sufficient funds remain, these organizations will have access to funding under this allocation principle.

Agreement duration

To increase predictability and stability for organizations, agreements will be for a period of up to three years.

Funding mechanism

All applications that are approved for funding will undergo a risk assessment by the Employment and Social Development Canada’s (ESDC) National Grants and Contributions Delivery Centre. Funding may be set through a grant agreement or a contribution agreement depending on this assessment.

Performance reporting

Accountability is an ongoing priority for the Government of Canada and its importance is clearly identified and strongly promoted by all levels of government, as well as within the not‐for‐profit sector. ESDC recognizes the diversity of the organizations in the disability sector and the current range of organizational capacity to undertake performance reporting.

Four key performance indicators were identified in consultation with the disability community on the renewal of the program. The performance indicators will help measure the results of SDPP-D operating funding to contribute to the health and maturity of the disability sector and ultimately to advance the social inclusion of Canadians living with disabilities.

The performance indicators will measure organizational capacity in the following areas:

  • Governance and accountability: the extent to which the organization’s Board of Directors monitors the organization's performance based on a strategic planFootnote 5;
  • Effective leadership and operations: the percentage of staff and volunteer turnover, and the extent to which the organization has reliable revenue and manages debt;
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships: the total amount of funding leveraged (either cash or in-kind) through partnerships; and
  • Measurable impact: the extent of reach (breadth of reach) of the organization. This indicator links back to the eligibility around national reach.

Annex A: SDPP – Disability logic model

ESDC Departmental strategic outcome: income security, access to opportunities and well-being for individuals, families and communities
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Annex A is a flow chart which illustrates the logic model of the Social Development Partnerships Program – Disability component. The logic model shows how the inputs, activities and outputs of the program are expected to lead to the immediate and intermediate outcomes of the program, and eventually result in the ultimate outcome of the program, which is the social inclusion of people with disabilities.

There are six rows. Reading the chart from the bottom up, the first row of the model lists the program inputs. The inputs are the resources that are used to implement the activities of the program. The second row lists the program activities. The third row lists the outputs. The fourth row lists the immediate outcomes. The fifth row lists the intermediate outcomes. The sixth row lists the ultimate outcome of the program.


  • Program budget
  • Human resources
  • Information and technology systems


  • Administer grant and contribution funds
  • Engage stakeholders
  • Measure program performance and provide analysis


  • Projects are funded based on evidence-based identified needs and priorities

Immediate outcomes

  • Not for profit sector establishes formal partnerships to address barriers to social inclusion faced by people with disabilities
  • Not for profit sector develops and transfers knowledge and approaches that address barriers to social inclusion faced by people with disabilities

Intermediate outcomes

  • Not-for-profit sector and partners work collaboratively to address existing and evolving social issues facing persons with disabilities
  • Not-for-profit sector and partners provide access to information, programs and services that promotes inclusion of people with disabilities in society

Ultimate outcome

  • Social inclusion of people with disabilities
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