Tenth-Year Evaluation of the Canada Research Chairs Program

June 2010

In 2009, Science-Metrix was mandated by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada on behalf of the Evaluation Advisory Committee of the Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) to perform the tenth-year evaluation of the program. The CRCP was created in 2000 to strengthen Canadian research performance in universities and position Canada amongst the world leaders in research. The program established 2,000 research chairs at eligible Canadian universities to help attract and retain some of the world’s most accomplished and promising researchers.

Using multiple lines of evidence, including a document and file review, interviews, focus groups, web surveys, case studies, and a bibliometric analysis, five evaluation issues were examined: (i) continued need and relevance; (ii) success; (iii) efficiency and effectiveness; (iv) governance, design, and delivery of the program; and (v) equity of program for four designated groups (women, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and Aboriginal people). Overall, the evaluation found that the CRCP has been well implemented and continues to be relevant and effective.


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