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Evaluation of the Services to Marine Transportation Sub-activity

Introduction

Environment Canada’s (EC’s) Evaluation Division, Audit and Evaluation Branch, conducted the Evaluation of Services to Marine Transportation sub-activity between September 2010 and May 2011. This evaluation was conducted as part of a joint review and evaluation of the Services to Marine Transportation (SMT) sub-activity (SA),2 as per the 2010-2011 Departmental Annual Risk-Based Audit and Evaluation Plan, which was approved by the Deputy Minister in early spring 2010.

This project was identified by departmental senior management as an opportunity for testing the conduct of a joint review and evaluation. Although the project addressed two distinct lists of questions and adhered to two different sets of standards and procedures, efforts were made to conduct some audit and evaluation activities jointly in order to ensure a more streamlined data collection approach and approvals process, as well as a reduced burden on participating stakeholders.

This document presents the findings and recommendations of the evaluation component. Section 2 provides background and context information on the SMT activities being examined as part of this evaluation. Section 3 presents the evaluation design, including the purpose and scope of the evaluation, as well as the methods used to conduct the evaluation. Section 4 presents the evaluation’s findings. Section 5 and 6 lay out, respectively, the conclusions and recommendations. The management response is presented in Section 7.


2. The Program Activity Architecture (PAA) for EC portrays the Department's activities in a hierarchy showing how the lower–level elements (e.g., sub-activities or sub-sub-activities) ultimately contribute to the Department’s strategic outcomes. The entity being evaluated in this evaluation is a sub-activity, entitled 2.2.2 Services to Marine Transportation.

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