Assessing the value for money of active labour market programming for persons with disabilities

Greg Creswell Mason, Andrew Buchel, Tony Haddad, Dwane UnRuh

Abstract


Treasury Board of Canada’s new Policy on Evaluation and its accompanying directive have placed increased pressure on those conducting federal evaluations to not only quantify the impacts of programming, but also make measureable assessments of their value. However, making accurate statements about the value for money of programming can be difficult during evaluations. A number of technical and practical challenges can make common approaches infeasible. This paper discusses a recent assessment of the value for money undertaken during the Evaluation of the Canada-Manitoba Labour Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities. It demonstrates a number of approaches that can be used to overcome some of the most common barriers to the assessment of value for money in evaluations.

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