Evaluation studies have experienced resurgence throughout the federal government, prompted by a variety of factors, including the Treasury Board’s 2016 Policy on Results and the evaluation-related requirements of the Treasury Board Transfer Payment Policy.

Our firm’s principals have conducted over 150 evaluation and review studies over the past several decades on behalf of the federal and provincial governments and not-for-profit organizations. Recent examples include: Evaluation of Communications Services (Department of Canadian Heritage ); Evaluation of the Implementation of Bill C-13: Investigative Powers for the 21st Century (Department of Justice); Evaluation of the Outreach and Education Program (Office of the Commissioner of Lobbying); Evaluation of Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station (Canadian Space Agency); and, Evaluation of the Canada Media Fund (Department of Canadian Heritage).

Kelly Sears specializes in the conduct of large-scale, complex evaluations requiring the design and implementation of multiple data collection methods, including key informant interviews, environmental scans, surveys of stakeholders, and case studies. We also have developed approaches to the assessment of economy and efficiency.

Kelly Sears has a joint venture with the survey firm Corporate Research Associates, who handle the administration of online surveys and virtual focus groups as part of many evaluation studies.

We have also assisted several federal organizations to conduct neutral assessments of their evaluation function, to develop their multi-year evaluation plans and to prepare annual reports that demonstrate the value of the evaluation function.