Evaluating Federal R&D in Canada

  • Alain J. Barbarie


This Paper reviews the evaluation of federal research and development (R&D) programs in Canada over the last decade. Federal R&D programs account for a sizeable amount of discretionary public expenditures in Canada, some three billion dollars annually. The first part of the Paper describes the shift in the early 1980s from a narrow preoccupation with the quality of research, to a broader concern with its overall relevance. The second reports on the consequences of this shift on the role of evaluation in the management of federal R&D. Finally, possible future directions for the evaluation of federal R&D in Canada are discussed.


Program Evaluation Senior Management Canadian International Development Agency Public Sector Manager Technology Development Process 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alain J. Barbarie
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  1. 1.Water Sector Technical Cooperation FundCanadian International Development AgencyCanada

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