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An Evaluation of the Sectoral Involvement in Departmental Policy Development (SIDPD): Final Report

An evaluation of the Sectoral Involvement in Departmental Policy Development was undertaken jointly by the Government of Canada and the voluntary sector. The two objectives of the SIDPD program, which was a major element of the joint voluntary sector-federal government Voluntary Sector Initiative (VSI) were to a) enhance policy development in federal departments by strengthening opportunities for input by voluntary sector organizations; and b) strengthen policy capacity in the voluntary sector to contribute to departmental policy development.

The evaluation report, An Evaluation of the Sectoral Involvement in Departmental Policy Development (SIDPD): Final Report, documented the status of SIDPD projects, and identified the challenges and lessons learned from the overall process as well as the extent to which Round 1 projects met the two major SIDPD objectives. The findings of the evaluation are of an interim nature, as many SIDPD Round 2 projects are still ongoing or had yet to produce a final report at the time the evaluation was carried out. An evaluation of the impact of SIDPD is planned as part of the VSI summative evaluation, scheduled for completion in 2006-07.

This evaluation focused on five key questions concerning the SIDPD Program’s relevance, its management, the achievement of its objectives, its impact on the federal-voluntary sector relationship and the main challenges it faced.

Despite some weaknesses in design, delivery and coordination, the findings indicate that the SIDPD has improved the policy development capacity of the voluntary sector, as well as the capacity of federal departments to engage voluntary sector organizations in policy development.


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