Evaluation of Canada’s Action Plan Against Racism

Appendix F: CAPAR assessment components

Evaluation Indicator Assessment Criteria
5.1 Extent/quality/ appropriateness of management tools (i.e., performance measurement, monitoring and reporting) and resources (human and financial) for CAPAR CAPAR is adequately funded, taking into account the additional costs of horizontal coordination
The requirements for joint measuring and monitoring of performance are met and incorporate readily measurable indicators that are relevant to the activities carried out by the funded initiatives
Specific performance targets are realistic, achievable and progressive
The risks related to the horizontal management of CAPAR are identified and managed effectively
The requirements for joint and integrated reporting are met and do not impose an undue burden on participants
The initiative is well supported at the political and senior management levels and by external stakeholders
CAPAR has processes in place that enable it to learn from experience and pass this knowledge on to new participants
5.2 Extent/quality/ appropriateness of coordination, communication and information-sharing related to CAPAR:
  • by CAPAR Secretariat
  • within CAPAR Working Group
Participants have adequate opportunity to share information in a timely manner to meet their needs
Participants share a common perspective on the nature of the racism issue and how to address it and there is a common fact base and terminology
There is a strategy to maintain the visibility of CAPAR with respect to senior management, politicians and external stakeholders (including effective two-way communication with external stakeholders)
There is effective coordination in the areas of performance measurement, reporting and evaluation
There is strong leadership and support from the Action Plan Unit
The WG functions effectively (active participation, strong commitment, trust, credibility, frank and open dialogue)
6.1 Comparisons with other horizontal federal approaches Rationale for managing the issue horizontally is clear and understood
The selection of partners and the depth of collaboration are appropriate, given the rationale and intended outcomes
6.2 Degree of alignment of CAPAR-funded initiatives to Action Plan objectives and priorities The objectives, priorities and intended outcomes are clear and accepted by participating organizations
Activities of participating organizations are aligned with the objectives, priorities and outcomes
6.3 Extent / quality / degree of cohesion between CAPAR-funded initiatives The nature and extent of the required collaboration is clearly understood and is appropriate in terms of the intended outcomes
The governance/management structure (including the level and composition of the coordinating body or bodies) supports the required level of collaboration, while minimizing the associated costs of horizontal coordination
The roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of the lead organization, the secretariat and the participating organizations are clear, understood and accepted
Terms of reference/mandate of the coordinating body or bodies are clear and their level of decision-making authority is aligned with their accountabilities
The funding arrangements are appropriate, given the nature of the collaboration and associated accountabilities
The governance/management structure is supported by a dedicated, stable, adequately funded and neutral secretariat
CAPAR has sufficient flexibility and capacity to be able to respond to emergent opportunities, respond to unforeseen risks and adjust to changing government priorities
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