ARCHIVED - Evaluation of the Federal Assistance Program (FAP)
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) Evaluation Directorate is responsible for evaluating the relevance and performance of Agency programs, policies and initiatives. This effort supports informed decision-making and enhances performance and accountability.
The Evaluation Directorate is accountable to the CFIA's Evaluation Committee, chaired by the President. All evaluations must be reported to the Evaluation Committee and must be conducted in accordance with the Treasury Board's Policy on EvaluationFootnote 1. Evaluation projects are selected during an annual Agency planning process, and then reflected in the Agency's Evaluation Plan, which is approved by the Evaluation Committee.
The Federal Assistance Program (FAP) is currently the CFIA's sole contribution program and is used to fund projects and initiatives that advance the Agency's strategic outcome. The FAP is unique in that it is not a standard federally-funded contribution program; individual branches are required to use their operating budgets as the source of funds for each contribution.
The FAP has annual maximum allowable expenditures of $4.5 million, though it averages about $1.5 million. Over the four-year period of the evaluation's scope (2011-15), the FAP contributed $5.9 million over 23 agreements, with the smallest agreement at $5,500 and the largest at $2 million. Data collection methods included: