Summary of the Evaluation of the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA)

March 2018

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Program Description

  • The CCA is a not-for-profit organization created in 2005 to produce credible and independent assessments that cover a broad range of science.
  • The objective of the CCA is to enhance Canadians' access to the best available scientific knowledge on pressing issues to inform debate, discussion, and decision-making.
  • Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) Canada funds
    CCA assessments on behalf of federal departments/agencies through its assessment proposal submission and approval process. ISED's funding to the CCA is $3 million per year.

About the evaluation

What the evaluation found

Recommendations (as agreed upon by management)

The findings from the evaluation led to the following recommendations to ISED.

  1. Develop, in consultation with the CCA, a coordinated approach to improve the dissemination of CCA assessments.
  2. In collaboration with the sponsoring federal department/agency, strengthen tracking of the results and impacts of ISED-funded CCA assessments.
  3. Review its submission and approval process to simplify and better respond to the timelines and needs for scientific knowledge by the federal government. Going forward, consideration should be given to a process which would increase predictability for both the CCA and the federal government.
  4. Develop service standards for key steps in the proposal submission and approval process.
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