Evaluation Summary


Summary of the Evaluation of the International Engagement Program

The Evaluation of the International Engagement Program has a two-page graphic document of the information presented below.  The visual document is available as a PDF: PDF version.

About the Evaluation

The evaluation was conducted in 2017 by the Evaluation Directorate. Evidence was gathered from documents, financial and administrative data, key informant interviews, and an exploratory survey of international activities occurring across Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.

About the Program

The Program ensures access for Canadians to fish resources that are managed internationally; promotes sustainable fisheries management and healthy global marine ecosystems with the support of scientific research; and contributes to a stable international trade regime for Canadian fish and seafood products.

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Key Findings

  • There is a continued need for the International Engagement Program
  • The International Engagement Program directly supports the Department’s international priorities:

  • The Program is reaching its expected outcomes:
    • Sustainable international fisheries management
    • Effective bilateral relations, including international scientific collaboration, to achieve Canada’s outcomes
    • Decisions that reflect Canadian goals in Arctic and Global Marine Affairs
    • Decreased illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activity in zones of international waters that DFO is responsible for patrolling
    • Effective governance of internationally managed marine ecosystems
    • Market access for Canadian fish and seafood products
  • There are opportunities to increase efficiencies
  • Strong representation and relationships are key components for influencing international decisions
  • The evaluation confirmed that a wide variety of international activities are being performed by groups across DFO and CCG.
  • 68% of survey respondents perform international activities (% does not include responses from three sectors delivering the Program).
  • 2016-2017 Estimated Expenditures on all International Activities occurring across the Department

Estimated Expenditures for all International Activities, 2016–2017

Estimated Expenditures for all International Activities, 2016–2017

  • The following word cloud illustrates survey responses to the questions: “What kinds of international activities do you perform?” and “What role do these activities fulfill?”

Word Cloud Survey of International Activities undertaken across DFO and CCG, 2016–2017

Word Cloud Survey of International Activities undertaken across DFO and CCG, 2016–2017

  • There is an opportunity for DFO to communicate more fully the variety of international work within the Department.
  • There has been a growth in international work, including a renewed emphasis on international collaboration; investments in oceans-related work; and an increase in environmental clauses within international agreements
  • Existing coordination and collaboration efforts do not sufficiently support the needs of the International Engagement Program and other groups engaged in international activities across the Department
  • Greater coordination and collaboration are needed to support the variety of international activities taking place across Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard
  • There is a pressing need to establish an overall vision for international activities, across the Department.

Recommendations

  1. Develop and implement a process to improve existing coordination and collaboration efforts, with regards to the bilateral and multilateral activities under the International Engagement Program.
  2. Initiate a department-wide process aimed at establishing a strategic vision, based on shared priorities and goals, for all international activities taking place across Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.
  3. Establish a process to support the implementation of a department-wide strategic vision for the Department’s international work.

For the full evaluation, visit the DFO Evaluation website: http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/ae-ve/evaluations-eng.htm