Evaluation of the International Student Program

Appendix C: International Student Program Logic Model

Figure 5-1: International Student Program Logic Model described below
Text version: Figure 5-1: International Student Program Logic Model

Appendix C illustrates the logic model for the International Student Program at Citizenship and Immigration Canada, which serves as a visual representation of the activities, outputs and intended outcomes of the Program.

The logic model is divided into two major components, one related to operational coordination, monitoring and support, and another related to application processing.

Program Activities

The operational coordination, monitoring and support side of the logic model relates to two groups of principle activities within the ISP:

  • Engagement with stakeholders and development and coordination of partnerships; and
  • Designing/monitoring policy and programs.

The Application Processing side of the logic model relates to further groups of activities, which involve:

  • Assessing and processing applications for people seeking to study in Canada; and
  • Processing applications for students seeking to work in Canada.

Program Outputs

These four main activities are expected to lead to several tangible outputs within the ISP.

Program activity 1) results in meetings, consultations, presentations, working groups, MOUs, and partnerships.

Program activity 2) results in functional guidance, policies, program revisions, policy advice, and monitoring reports.

Program activities 3) and 4) result in decisions on study applications (overseas, inland, PoE), as well as decisions on applications for off-campus work permits and post-graduate work permits.

Program Outcomes 

These activities and outputs are expected to lead to a number of immediate and intermediate outcomes.

Program activity 1) and its outputs lead to a shared understanding (both within CIC and between stakeholders/program partners) of roles, responsibilities, policy/program objectives, and effective relationships. At the intermediate level, this immediate outcome is further expected to lead to a program policy framework which is consistent, coherent and complementary.

Program activity 2) and its outputs are expected to lead to responsive programs and policies that facilitate: study and work opportunities for international students; and transition to permanent residency. Program activity 2 (and its outputs) - along with program activities 3) and 4) - are also expected to lead to three additional immediate outcomes, including:

  • Selection processes that are timely and consistent, while supporting program integrity;
  • International students arrive and study in Canada; and
  • International students gain Canadian work experience.

The immediate outcomes that result from program activities 2), 3) and 4) are also expected to lead to two further intermediate-level outcomes:

  • Canada's study and work opportunities for international students are globally competitive; and
  • Social, economic and cultural benefits to educational institutions, international students, and communities are realized.

Ultimate and Strategic Outcomes

Together, these immediate and intermediate program outcomes lead to a final outcome: The International Student Program contributes to Canada's economic, social and cultural development through immigration. This ultimate outcome aligns with Strategic Outcome 1 (SO1) of CIC's Program Alignment Architecture - Migration

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