Within the Canadian health system, a critical role of Health Canada is to act as funder and information provider, supporting organizations through grants and contributions to help meet overall health system objectives. The non-profit Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is one of these organizations supported through federal funds (as well as provincial and territorial funding), operating at arm’s length from government. Related to these broad lines of work, Health Canada supports two specific CBS programs through the Grant and Contribution Program under evaluation: the Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation (OTDT) Program (five-year contribution, $17.9 million total) and the Blood Research and Development (R&D) Program ($5 million annual grant). The evaluation period for both programs was from 2008/09 to 2012/13. The evaluation covered activities carried out by CBS under the federal components of the OTDT and R&D Programs (i.e., those that were funded from Health Canada’s Grant and Contribution Program).
In accordance with the 2009 Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation and related Directives, this evaluation focused on core issues of Relevance and Performance (effectiveness, efficiency and economy) of the two CBS programs.
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