Audit and Evaluation Plan 2007-08 to 2009-10

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Table 1: Evaluation Projects

Line # Project Name Board Project Description/ Background Resources 2007-2008 Year Rationale/ Comments
PM $K 2007- 2008 2008- 2009 2009- 2010
1 Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) SI Examination of Canada's participation in the CEC as well as operational aspects. .5   X     Significant expenditure (largest EC contribution to an international agency), has never been evaluated.
Completed and approved by DAEC in April 2007.
2 Canadian Regulatory System for Biotechnology
(Inter- departmental with HC)
ES To participate in an evaluation led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada. .25   X     TB requirement for 2005-06.
Led by HC.
Expected to be presented to DAEC for approval in July 2007.
3 Ecosystem Initiatives – Georgia Basin Action Plan ES To evaluate the effectiveness of ecosystem initiatives, including alignment to departmental results. 3   X     Evaluation in 2006-07 with Georgia Basin Action Plan as pilot of generic evaluation framework.
Expected to be completed and approved by DAEC in July 2007.
4 Environmental Emergencies Program (including PSAT) EP To evaluate the program in light of national program results as well as relevance and delivery. Also an initiative under the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism (PSAT) Funds. 7   X     Highly partnered; health and safety issues; linked with TB requirement on Anti-terrorism; similar project approved in previous year's plan.
Plan completed in 2005-06.
Expected to be completed and approved by DAEC mid 2007-08.
5 Smog-Causing Emission Regulations in the Transportation Sector EP To conduct an evaluation focused on lessons learned in the area of transportation-related regulations. 8 25 X     Regulatory tools have not been evaluated.
In planning phase. Will start the evaluation in September, 2007.
6 Canadian Shellfish Sanitation Program
(Inter- departmental with CFIA and DFO)
ES To evaluate the effectiveness of EC activities in support of water quality protection for shellfish harvesting areas. 1.5 25.4 X     Led by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).
Capacity to deliver unknown; health and safety issues; not previously evaluated; similar project approved on previous plan.
Being conducted.
7 Oceans Action Plan (OAP)
(Inter- departmental with DFO)
ES To measure and report on progress during Phase I (2005-2007) to ensure that established objectives are being achieved. 2-year horizontal initiative involving 7 departments, DFO lead. 1.5   X    

TB requirement to evaluate Phase I. Will inform development of Phase II of the OAP.

DFO to lead process of development of common approach to evaluation. Carry over from 2006-07 into 2007-08.

Required to obtain Phase II funding. Will build on performance report.

8 National Agri-environmental Standards Initiative (NAESI)
(Inter- departmental with AAFC)
ES To evaluate results and effectiveness of standards, specifically their application and alignment with Agriculture Canada Policy Framework (APF) environment chapter programs. 2.5 35 X     To be led by AAFC.
5 year initiative ending in 2007-2008. TB requirement. Not previously evaluated. Will align with/contribute to AAFC evaluation of its own APF programs planned for 2007-08.
9 Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan
(Inter- departmental – led by EC)
EP To conduct a formative evaluation. 5 75 X     Inter- departmental evaluation plan will determine the scope and direction of the evaluation.
10 Transboundary Movement Program (under PSAT) EP To conduct a formative evaluation of the tracking of cross-border movement of hazardous wastes and hazardous recyclable materials - an initiative under the Public Security and Anti-Terrorism (PSAT) Funds. 6 25 X     Evaluation of the transboundary movement program will also cover TB PSAT requirement.
11 Clean Air Agenda – Horizontal Evaluation Plan
(Inter- departmental – led by EC)
EP To develop a horizontal evaluation plan for the Clean Air Agenda. 5 1005 X     TBS requirement as per the Horizontal Management, Accountability and Reporting Framework (HMARF).
12 Chemicals Management Plan – Evaluation Plan
(Inter- departmental with HC)
EP To develop an evaluation plan for the Chemicals Management Plan. 3 1005 X     TBS requirement.
13 MSC Transition WES To evaluate how successful the MSC is in its modernization efforts. 10 50 X     TBS requirement.
Look at the performance measurement system; evaluation framework approved at DAEC on April 22, 2005.
Project to also look at Public SCRIBE.
14 Weather Predictions Plan WES To develop a plan in support of the evaluation on the use of science/research in weather predictions. 1.5   X     Not previously evaluated; contribution to protecting economy, environment and health.
Evaluation postponed from 2007-08 into 2008-09.
15 Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative (TWRI) ES To evaluate the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Initiative Contribution Agreement. 2.5 1506 X     TB requirement.
This is a contribution program.
16 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
(Inter- departmental)
EP To evaluate the effectiveness of the SEA process and procedures. 3.0   X     Planned government-wide evaluation (horizontal) of Strategic Environmental Assessment (including the cabinet directive of 2004) required to be completed by the end of 2008. Commitment made in 2004 pursuant to recommendation by the CESD. Currently the initiative is led by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).
17 International Strategy SI To evaluate the implementation of the departmental International Strategy.       X   Need to have an international strategy in place in time to allow an evaluation in 2008-09.
18 National Aboriginal Strategy SI To evaluate the effectiveness of the implementation of the Aboriginal Strategy.       X    
19 Sector Sustainability Tables (SSTs) SI To evaluate the effectiveness of the Sector Sustainability Tables.       X    
20 Ecosystem Initiatives ES To continue evaluating the effectiveness of ecosystem initiatives.       X   No new evaluation for 2007-08. Evaluation will support the renewal of the EI envelope drawing from the results of the GBAP evaluation and ensuring evaluation strategies are in place.
21 Water ES To evaluate the implementation of the Water Strategy.       X   Water policy and programming identified as a high risk area.
Raised by senior management as a high priority area.
New Water Strategy is under development. Key element of the environmental agenda.
22 Departmental Climate Change – Science EP To evaluate two specific climate change programs:
1. Science
To evaluate the accuracy, capacity and usefulness of science programs.
      X  

CESD looked at climate change in 2006-07 including Science.

Originally planned for 2007-08 but postponed into 2008-09 in the context of the current policy environment.

23 Departmental Climate Change – National Inventory EP 2. National Inventory       X  

CESD looked at climate change in 2006-07.

Originally planned for 2007-08 but postponed into 2008-09 in the context of the current policy environment.

24 Enforcement Program EP To evaluate the effectiveness of the enforcement program.       X   Will include Environmental Protection Intelligence Program.
25 Risk Assessment and Risk Management processes under CEPA EP To evaluate the internal management and decision making processes under CEPA.       X   Follow up to implementation of Quality Management System (QMS).
26 Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) EP To evaluate the effectiveness of the SEA internal process and procedures.       X  

Management request to look at how effective the SEA process has been implemented.

Will need to reconsider in light of interdepartmental evaluation in 2007-08.

27 Ice Program WES To evaluate if the recent application of changes in technology and program delivery are successful in safeguarding public safety.       X   Not previously evaluated; EC puts approx. $3 million into this and DFO spends approx. $8-9 million; similar project approved in previous year's plan.
28 Weather Predictions WES To evaluate the use of science/research in weather predictions.       X  

Not previously evaluated; contribution to protecting economy, environment and health.

Evaluation plan to be developed for Weather predictions in 2007-08.


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