The Action Plan for Official Languages Coordination Program Summative Evaluation

Appendix A: List of Evaluation Issues and Questions

The following table includes the evaluation issues and questions that the Summative Evaluation of the Coordination Program addresses. As indicated in the table, some questions apply to both Canadian Heritage and Justice Canada, whereas other questions apply to only one department.

Evaluation framework

Rationale and relevance
  Issues/Questions PCH DOJ
1. Does the Coordination Program continue to be consistent with departmental and government-wide priorities? X X
2. Does there continue to be a need for the Federal government to support official languages programs? X  

  Issues/Questions PCH DOJ
3. What is the value added, by the Coordination Program, to a global approach in actions by federal institutions to enforce the Official Languages Act in its entirety? X X
4. Has horizontal coordination among federal institutions resulted in strengthened and enhanced federal official languages policy? X X
5. Have tools produced by the Coordination Program been effective in helping federal institutions to fulfill their responsibilities under the Official Languages Act? X X
6. Has knowledge of the spirit and intent of the Official Languages Act been strengthened within federal institutions and among federal public servants? X  
7. Have research findings been disseminated and used in decision-making processes? X  
8. Do the policies and programs of federal institutions better take into account the concerns of official language minority communities? X  
9. Has the Coordination Program had any unintended positive or negative impacts? X X

Cost effectiveness/alternatives
  Issues/Questions PCH DOJ
10. Do the Program benefits outweigh the costs? Are there more cost-effective ways of achieving horizontal coordination? X X
11. Have changes in the governance structure impacted the ability of the Coordination Program to fulfill its mandate? X X