Results at a Glance: Evaluation of Health Canada's Solutions Fund

Program Context

Health Canada (HC) developed the Solutions Fund (SF) in 2017 in response to the Treasury Board Secretariat Experimentation direction for Deputy Heads. The intention of the SF is to provide opportunities for HC employees to identify, develop and implement projects that will improve the health and safety of Canadians, enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the department and deliver greater value to taxpayers.

The SF distributes seed funding for employee-led innovation and experimentation projects. Projects are funded through 'Stream 1' Exploration of solutions to problems and 'Stream 2' Experimentation for testing potential solutions. By testing innovative projects on a small scale to find out what works and what doesn't, HC aims to promote stronger, evidence-based decision making before making larger investment decisions.

Evaluation Approach

OAE collected information from various sources, including interviews with key internal and external informants, a review of internal and public documents and files, and a review of project-based performance information and data.

What the Evaluation Found


  1. Improve the sharing of project results and lessons learned from SF projects across HC.
  2. Determine the future role of the SF in supporting the scale-up of successful Stream 2 projects and growing the capacity for innovation and experimentation across HC.

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