Evaluation of Canada’s Action Plan Against Racism

Appendix D: Matrix of interview questions

Horizontal Evaluation of Canada’s Action Plan Against Racism (CAPAR)

Government Consulting Services (GCS) has been engaged by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to conduct a horizontal evaluation of Canada’s Action Plan Against Racism (CAPAR).

As part of the evaluation, GCS is conducting interviews with key stakeholders who have been involved in the initiative or who may be affected by its activities or outputs. The purpose of these interviews is to obtain informed perspectives on the initiative’s relevance, design and delivery, and performance. The following questions will serve as a guide for our interview. In some cases, questions may not be relevant to your particular situation or experience. The interview will focus on those questions most relevant to you.

Question Indicator Interview Groups
CAPAR secretariat Senior Mgt CAPAR funded initiatives Multi Champs NGOs
Background

1. What is your organization’s involvement or mandate with respect to / anti-racism?

-- No No No Yes Yes

2. How familiar are you with CAPAR?
[If they are familiar with CAPAR ask Q2, others skip to Q3.]

-- No No No Yes Yes

3. Can you briefly describe your involvement with CAPAR?

-- Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Relevance

4. How did/does CAPAR align with the objectives and priorities of your federal department/organization?    

1.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

5. How does CAPAR align with the priorities of the Government of Canada?

1.2 No Yes No No No

6. Is there a need for initiatives to counter racism and discrimination in Canada? Why or why not?

2.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

7. Has your department/organization implemented initiatives designed to counter racism and discrimination?

  1. If yes, please describe the nature and scope of these initiatives.
12.2 No No No Yes No

8. Are you aware of other initiatives to counter racism and discrimination (including provincial/territorial, municipal or other federal programs/initiatives)?

  1. If yes, what are the differences and similarities between these initiatives and CAPAR?
3.3
12.3
Yes No Yes Yes Yes

9. Is CAPAR consistent with federal roles and responsibilities (i.e., does it respond to federal legislative or other obligations)?

3.4 Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Design and Delivery

10. Please describe activities undertaken to engage federal partners and other stakeholders in the initial development of CAPAR; and in the implementation of CAPAR.

  1. How appropriate was this level of engagement?
4.2
4.3
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

11. Please comment on each of the following aspects of the management and governance of CAPAR:

  1. Appropriateness of performance measurement, monitoring and reporting structures
  2. Sufficiency of financial and human resources provided for CAPAR
  3. The effectiveness of the Interdepartmental Working Group
  4. Clarity of roles, responsibilities and accountabilities (CAPAR Secretariat, CAPAR Working Group, participating organizations)
  5. Effectiveness of coordination, communication and information-sharing undertaken by the CAPAR Secretariat
5.3 Yes No Yes No No

12. Using the following scale, please indicate to what extent CAPAR has been effectively managed and coordinated overall. Please explain your answer.

Scale of 1 to 5 where 1 equals “no extent” and 5 equals “great extent”.
5.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes No

13. Please comment on each of the following aspects of the design of CAPAR:

  1. Clarity of the rationale for implementing CAPAR as a horizontal initiative
  2. Extent to which common outcomes were agreed upon
  3. Extent to which initiatives were clearly linked to CAPAR objectives and priorities
  4. Adequacy of commitment from Senior Management
  5. Appropriateness of the Interdepartmental working group
6.4
6.2
Yes Yes Yes Yes No

14. How cohesive have the CAPAR-funded initiatives been? More specifically:

  • Did the various initiatives funded under CAPAR form a cohesive whole?
  • Were there ways in which the various initiatives complemented each other in their objectives or activities?
6.3 Yes Yes Yes No No
Performance

15. CAPAR was designed to achieve a number of outcomes related to inclusion and racism as well as culturally competent policing, hate crimes and race-based issues in the justice system.

To what extent has CAPAR made progress in achieving the following outcomes? Please indicate if any of the following are not relevant or applicable to your experience with CAPAR.

a. Providing partners with knowledge, tools, and resources to promote inclusion, address racism and discrimination and eliminate barriers to participation
[If results noted for a) ask b). Others skip to c)]

-- Yes No Yes Yes Yes

b. Generating action by federal partners to promote inclusion, address racism and discrimination and eliminate barriers to participation

-- Yes No Yes Yes Yes

c. Increasing understanding among partners of culturally competent policing, hate crimes and race-based issues in the justice system
[If results noted for c) ask d)]

-- Yes No Yes Yes Yes

d) Improving policies, program and services as a result of culturally-competent policing, hate crimes and race-based issues in the justice system

-- Yes No Yes Yes Yes

16. What has been the most significant impact of CAPAR?

7.3
8.3
9.2
10.2
Yes No Yes Yes Yes

17. Using the following scale, please indicate to what extent the horizontal nature of the CAPAR initiative provided added value to the initiatives (e.g., coordination, achievement of results). Please explain your answer.

Scale of 1 to 5 where 1 equals “no extent” and 5 equals “great extent”.

-- Yes Yes Yes Yes No

18. Would you recommend that a horizontal approach be taken to address issues of racism in the future? Why or why not? What are the lessons learned that should be taken into account?

6.4
12.5
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

19. Were there any unintended impacts or outcomes of the initiative, positive or negative?

11.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
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