Impact = Content x Influence: Evaluation, evidence and policy in Canadian Government contexts

Benoit Gauthier

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    Abstract

    This paper is based on a presentation I was invited to give on aspects of Canadian policy and evidence infrastructure to open the ‘Evidence and Policy’ symposium.

    To contextualise my remarks, I would like you to know this about me. I have been a program evaluator for more than 30 years, largely inside, or for, the federal government of Canada. I have also worked for one provincial government and several not-for-profit organisations in Canada. I have spent pretty much all my working hours
    developing and providing empirical evidence and fact-based advice to these organisations. My perspective is of an evaluation practitioner. That said, the invitation to speak at the symposium gave me an opportunity to stop and
    think about evidence-based policy-making and whether and how it is used in Canada, particularly in the federal government - the environment I know best.

    Now that we have established my pedigree, I would like to make three points in this talk. First, there is no such thing as evidence-based policy-making, anywhere. Second, the Canadian infrastructure for evidence-based policy-making
    is complex. Third, in the dynamic of policy-making, although evidence is only a small part of the equation there are factors that can increase the likelihood of evidence use.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages1-14
    Number of pages15
    No.EV01
    Specialist publicationEvaluative Voices
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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