Evaluation of the Aboriginal Justice Strategy

1. Purpose and Scope of the Evaluation

1.1. Focus of the Evaluation

The objective of the evaluation was to assess the relevance and performance of the Aboriginal Justice Strategy (AJS), as outlined in the Treasury Board 2009 Policy on Evaluation. The AJS has been evaluated four times in the past, with the last evaluation in 2011. The evaluation used existing AJS performance information and collected additional information to address the core evaluation issues and questions (see Appendix A).

The evaluation covered AJS’ activities, outputs and outcomes over the four years from 2012-13 to 2015-16.

1.2. Evaluation Issues

The Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation identifies five issues to guide federal program evaluations, which were used for the evaluation of the AJS.

  • Issue 1: Continued need for program: Assessment of the extent to which the program continues to address a demonstrable need and is responsive to the needs of Canadians.
  • Issue 2: Alignment with government priorities: Assessment of the linkages among program objectives and (i) federal government priorities and (ii) departmental strategic outcomes.
  • Issue 3: Alignment with federal roles and responsibilities: Assessment of the role and responsibilities of the federal government in delivering the program.
  • Issue 4: Achievement of expected outcomes: Assessment of progress toward expected outcomes (including immediate, intermediate and ultimate outcomes) with reference to performance targets and program reach, program design, including the linkage and contribution of outputs to outcomes.
  • Issue 5: Demonstration of efficiency and economy: Assessment of resource utilization in relation to the production of outputs and progress toward expected outcomesFootnote 2.
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