Evaluation of the Great Lakes Program, March 2017

Table of contents

  1. Executive summary
  2. 1. Introduction
  3. 2. Background
    1. 2.1. Program profile
    2. 2.2. Governance and management
    3. 2.3. Resource allocation
    4. 2.4. Intended outcomes
  4. 3. Evaluation design
    1. 3.1. Scope
    2. 3.2. Evaluation approach and methodology
    3. 3.3. Challenges and limitations
  5. 4. Findings
    1. 4.1. Relevance
    2. 4.2. Performance – efficiency and economy
    3. 4.3. Performance – effectiveness
  6. 5. Conclusions
  7. 6. Recommendations and management responses
  8. Annex A – Background on Great Lakes Program
  9. Annex B – Program logic models
  10. Annex C – Details on evaluation methodology
  11. Annex D – Summary of findings
  12. Annex E – Estimated administrative ratios

Key dates

Planning phase completed
March 2015
Report sent for management response
August 2016
Management response received
September 2016
Report tabled to the Departmental Evaluation Committee
December 20, 2016
Report approved by the Deputy Minister (DM)
March 10, 2017

List of key acronyms

ADM
Assistant Deputy Minister
AEB
Audit and Evaluation Branch
AOC
Area of Concern
BUI
Beneficial use impairment
COA
Canada–Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem
DG
Director General
ECCC
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Gs&Cs
Grants and contributions
GLAP
Great Lakes Action Plan
GLBEI
Great Lakes Basin Ecosystem Initiative
GLNI
Great Lakes Nutrient Initiative
GLSRP
Great Lakes Sediment Remediation Projects
GLSF
Great Lakes Sustainability Fund
GLWQA
Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
LAMP
Lakewide Action and Management Plan
NGOs
Non-governmental organizations
O&M
Operations and maintenance
PAA
Program Alignment Architecture
PMF
Performance Measurement Framework
RAP
Remedial Action Plan
RPP
Report on Plans and Priorities
TBS
Treasury Board Secretariat
US
United States

Acknowledgements

The Evaluation Project Team would like to thank the individuals who contributed to this project, particularly members of the Evaluation Committee and all interviewees and survey respondents who provided insights and comments crucial to this evaluation.

The Evaluation Project Team was led by Michael Callahan, under the direction of William Blois, and included Lindsay Comeau, Lindsey Derrington, Kevin Marple, and Goss Gilroy, Inc.

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