CCSO routinely conducts evaluations to improve the performance of the critical care system, support accountability, identify lessons learned, and inform decision-making.

Each fiscal year CCSO identifies the program/projects, policy, and initiatives to be evaluated, and reports the findings to relevant stakeholders including the Ministry of Health.

What is Evaluation?  

Evaluation is defined by the World Health Organization as “an assessment, conducted as systematically and impartially as possible, of an activity, project, program, strategy, policy, topic, theme, sector, operational area or institutional performance. It analyzes the level of achievement of both expected and unexpected results by examining the results chain, processes, contextual factors and causality using appropriate criteria such as relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability…”  

CCSO employs a variety of evaluation methodologies tailored to meet specific needs including:

  • Needs assessments
  • Evaluability assessments
  • Formative/Process evaluations
  • Summative/outcome evaluations 

Program evaluations attempt to answer questions such as “To what extent is the program being implemented as designed?”, “Are program participants satisfied with the program?”, and “To what extent is the program meeting its goals?”. 

Which policies and programs are evaluated? 

Consistent with the Government of Canada’s Standard on Evaluation, CCSO aims to conduct adequate, regular, and systematic evaluations which are credible, timely, neutral, and cost-effective. 

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