The project team set out to evaluate the CHPIF program based on the following four criteria:
Lines of evidence were used to address the study objectives and reach the desired results:
Each line of evidence has been integrated into the overall analysis and presentation of results in the section 'Evaluation Findings'. In the following section, we provide a summary description of the lines of evidence, sourcing and limitations encountered.
CHPIF was developed as a key component program of and integral to the logic of the Historic Places Initiatives (HPI). The logic model (presented in section 5) is based on a review of the HPI, CHPIF program literature, the Terms and Conditions of the CHPIF program and Treasury Board submission. It also reflects comments and suggestions based on discussions and interviews with program officials. Thus, CHPIF goals and desired outcomes reflect the department's policy framework for heritage buildings as well as the interface with the HPI program.
An extensive interview process was undertaken with key stakeholders in the program. In total, 40 interviews were completed, divided into the following categories:
The interview process was subject to a number of caveats:
As indicated above, the interviews were part of a qualitative research process and consequently, the results are not meant to be statistically representative of the categories.
The project team reviewed program performance data from program start-up in 2003-4 to the end of July 2006.
From internal CHPIF program data (the 'CHPIF program activity and financial commitments' report), the following key program activity parameters were examined:
From internal CHPIF financial data, the following breakout of program costs was examined:
The project team reviewed the following literature, studies and reviews on the CHPIF program:
19 This was a particular issue with the federal partner agencies CRA and Finance. In light of the importance of these agencies to the future of CHPIF, a number of substitutions were made within the target groups.