Evaluation Network member - Canada


Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Agence Canadienne de Développement International (ACDI)

Canadian International Development Agency
200 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0G4

Tel: + (1) 819-956-9105
Toll free: 1-800-267-8376
Fax: (613)-996-9709
Email: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca
Website: CIDA Evaluation Division

Department background / Présentation de l'Agence


Canada's Treasury board Secretariat has an evaluation policy to ensure that the government and citizens get timely, strategically focused, evidence-based information on its policies, programmes and initiatives to produce better results for Canadians.  CIDA approved its own evaluation policy in 2005.  The policy is being reviewed and will likely be revised to further reflect the new legal obligation to implement the Paris Declaration Principles and the fact that since 2006 the Federal Accountability Act requires all departments, including CIDA, to evaluate 100% of all programmes.  The directorate has developed a five year work plan indicating how it will undertake this task.  At the end of 2009, the Evaluation Division was renamed Evaluation Directorate and the Director appointed as Director-General.


CIDA's programme branches undertake project evaluations while the Evaluation Directorate manages programme, corporate, and policy evaluations.  Evaluation Directorate staff provide corporate advice, respond to requests for information from central agencies such as the Treasury Board, prepare work plans and Terms of Reference, undertake scoping missions, supervise evaluations, prepare synthesis reports, obtain management responses, and contribute to joint-evaluations with other development agencies and horizontal evaluations with other Canadian federal departments.



The publication "Better Aid: Evaluation in Development Agencies" provides individual evaluation profiles for each member of the DAC Network on Development Evaluation.

Each profile provides information on the core elements of the evaluation function set-up and management, including the mandate of the unit, mechanisms to protect independence and ensure quality, reporting lines and distribution of evaluation reports.

Canada's Evaluation profile  


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