Summary of the ECCC Departmental Evaluation Plan, 2019-2020 to 2023-2024

About the Departmental Evaluation Plan

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) Audit and Evaluation Branch (AEB) produces a five-year rolling departmental evaluation plan that is informed by an annual planning exercise and approved by the Deputy Ministers. The plan follows the Mandatory Procedure for Evaluation outlined in the Directive on Results. It is a result of discussions at each ECCC branch executive management table. As well, the ADM Corporate Operations Committee reviewed the document and provided comments. The Executive Management Committee recommended the plan for deputy ministerial approval. The Deputy Minister and the Associate Deputy Minister approved the Departmental Evaluation Plan (DEP) on June 21, 2019.

The primary purpose of the plan is to help the Deputy Ministers and senior management ensure that credible, timely and neutral information on the ongoing relevance and performance of direct program spending and ongoing programs of grants and contributions is available to support evidence‐based decision making and provide results for Canadians.

The plan serves as a resource to:

FY 2018 to 2019 by the numbers

  • Completed 4 evaluation projects
  • Led 2 horizontal evaluation projects
  • Provided input on 7 memorandums to Cabinet and 17 TB submissions
  • Updated the evaluation information in the Performance Information Profiles for the 16 ECCC programs

The DEP is a five-year rolling plan. For any number of reasons, work planned for a given year may need to be deferred and could thus impact the work in subsequent years.

Project selection

The AEB uses the previous year's risk assessments and plans as a starting point for the annual planning exercise. The approach to planning considers the following key elements and principles:

The final plan reflects an adequate resource allocation. It factors in the AEB’s available resources, capacity and expertise, as well as the capacity of ECCC branch and program areas to accommodate multiple projects.

Evaluation resources and capacity

The Evaluation Division shares resources with the Internal Audit Division for branch administration, the provision of support to committees, the publication of reports and follow-up on recommendations.

For FY 2019 to 2020, the Evaluation Division forecasts:

ECCC’s five-year evaluation plan

A total of 28 evaluation projects are planned for FY 2019 to 2020 to FY 2023 to 2024.

Overview of planned ECCC evaluation projects, by fiscal year of approval by the Deputy Ministers

Fiscal year 2019 to 2020

Fiscal year 2020 to 2021

Fiscal year 2021 to 2022

Fiscal year 2022 to 2023

Fiscal year 2022 to 2023

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