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ERIC Number: ED519653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Pages: 62
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-6624-3358-0
Summative Evaluation of the Learning Initiatives Program (LIP). Final Report
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
The Learning Initiatives Program (LIP), formerly the Learning Initiatives Fund (LIF), is a contribution program which was established in 1994 to encourage and support initiatives that contribute to the development of a results-oriented, accessible, relevant and accountable learning system in Canada. Through this program, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) has collaborated with key partners in the development and implementation of a wide variety of national and international initiatives in support of lifelong learning. The primary purpose of this summative evaluation was to determine the extent to which the LIP has made progress in achieving its stated expected results. In addition, it also examined evaluation issues related to program relevance and design and delivery. Given that the previous evaluation has already examined projects approved early in the program's life, these projects were not re-examined. The projects examined during this evaluation include only those approved after March 31st, 1999. Findings indicate that the LIP goals and objectives are consistent with HRSDC's mandate and priorities. However, they are very broad, most likely as a result from wanting to ensure and reflect the program's intended innovative nature. Although evidence of dissemination of LIP-funded research was obtained, the data is incomplete. There is evidence of partnership development in the delivery of LIP projects. Fifty percent (50%) of sponsors surveyed indicated that they had established partnerships to implement their LIP-funded projects. However, an overwhelming majority of these can be described as informal. There is little concrete evaluative evidence indicating LIP's contribution to the development of lifelong learning policies and programs. The evaluation has not found any evidence of incremental progress made towards the achievement of ultimate outcomes. (Contains 6 tables and 9 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
Identifiers - Location: Canada