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Performance Measurement Framework Methodologies

Performance Measurement Framework Methodologies

Type Selection Expected Result Performance Indicator Definition of Performance Indicator Data Source Frequency of Data Collection
Program Level
1.0 Business Development & Innovation

Expected Result

Western Canadian SMEs are engaged in international  business

$ value and type of international business activity facilitated by WD

"Type" is defined as:

  1. International sales;
  2. Foreign investment;
  3. International research agreements; or
  4. Economic impact of international visitors.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Western Canadian SMEs are competitive

# of SMEs that increase gross margins

The number of companies that increase their gross margin following participation in a project. "Gross margin" is defined as gross income (sales less production costs) divided by sales, expressed as a percentage. Gross margin is a measure of how efficiently a company uses its resources.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Western Canadian SMEs are innovative

# of instances and type of protection of intellectual property exercised

"Type" is defined as:

  1. patents;
  2. industrial design;
  3. integrated circuit topography;
  4. copyrights and
  5. trademarks.

These categories are based upon the Intellectual Property categories covered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Sub-Program Level
1.1 Trade, Investment & Market Access

Expected Result

Capacity of western clients to pursue international business opportunities or attract international visitors

# of western SMEs and other organizations pursuing a trade, investment, international R&D or tourism opportunity, as a result of global advisory and market access services

This indicator is focused on capacity building with clients who typically have very little international business experience. "Opportunity" refers to a prospect where there is some possibility of a future sale, investment or partnership; an "opportunity" is at an earlier stage in the international business engagement process than a "business lead."

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Capacity to support the flow of goods and services in and out of Western Canada

$ value and type  of improvements to trade infrastructure

"Type" is defined as:

  1. Port;
  2. Transportation hub;
  3. International tourism facility.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

International awareness of trade, investment, and tourism opportunities, and SME technology capabilities in Western Canada

$ value and type of international business leads generated through missions, events, and marketing initiatives

This indicator is focused on enhancing capacity of clients who typically already have some international business experience. "Business leads" refers to a solid prospect with a foreign company or organization with a reasonable possibility of an international sale, investment, or R&D partnership; a "business lead" is at a later stage in the international business engagement process than an "opportunity". "Type" includes:

  1. Trade;
  2. Investment;
  3. International R&D; and
  4. International tourism.

 

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

1.2 Business Productivity and Growth

Expected Result

Access to business development services, capital, and leveraged capital

# of businesses created, maintained, or expanded through business or capital services

The number of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business development or capital services. The number of loans provided is equivalent to the number of businesses created, maintained, or expanded. "Type of services" includes: 1) business development services; and 2) capital services.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Adoption of sound management and business practices, and technology

# of SMEs investing in adoption of sound management or business practices, or technology

Number of SMEs investing in the adoption of sound management or business practices, or technology, as a result of the project.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Access to skilled labour

# of skilled workers hired as a result of training or skills certification

The number of skilled workers hired in their skill area as a result of training or skills certification funded by the project.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

1.3  Innovation Capacity Building

Expected Result

Initial Technology Development - Basic technological components are integrated for testing and validation in a simulated (laboratory) environment.

$ value of applied R&D undertaken related to initial technology development

This is an annual reporting of the monetary value of the R&D, based upon costs incurred.  If the project involves reimbursement of operating costs only, count the value of all R&D costs throughout the funding period.  If the project involves capital costs, count the value of all R&D costs undertaken in the facility following completion of the building or equipment set-up.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Intermediate Technology Development - Prototypes are ready for demonstration in an operational setting

# of prototypes ready for demonstration in operational environment

Prototype at planned operational level and is ready for demonstration in an operational environment. Activities include prototype field testing.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

HQP - Create a pool of highly qualified personnel to support the  commercialization of knowledge-based products, processes, and services

# of HQP trained

The number of skilled personnel (engineers, scientists, and people with science and specialized business skills related to technology commercialization) who receive training through the project.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

1.4  Technology Commercialization

Expected Result

Advanced Technology Development - The technology in its final form is proven through successful deployment in an operational setting under real-life conditions  

 # of products, processes or services, proven through successful deployment in an operational setting

Actual application of the technology in its final form and under real-life conditions, such as those encountered in operational tests and evaluations. Activities include using the innovation under operational conditions (Level 9).

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

SMEs have enhanced financial capacity to pursue technology development and commercialization

$ value of incremental private sector investment attracted

Amount of any private sector capital invested in a spin-off company (for WINN the proponent is the spin-off company) as a result of the project. Does not include private sources of project funding outlined at the time of approval.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

SMEs have enhanced sales of knowledge-based products, processes, and/or services

$ value of sales tied to the knowledge-based product, process, service, or technology commercialized

The dollar value of total sales (domestic and international) of the product, process, service, or technology supported through WD funding.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Program Level
2.0  Community Economic Growth

Expected Result

Western Canadian communities have strong businesses

SME sales growth ($)

Growth in sales (dollar value) of assisted clients over the reporting period (e.g. dollar change in sales from 2013-2016).  For the CF Program, loan client results will be compared to a control group.

Statistics Canada Data

Annually

Expected Result

Western Canadian communities have the capacity for socio-economic development

# of communities benefitting from Community Economic Growth projects

"Communities benefitting" include all distinct communities receiving benefit from a community-based project under one of the following three sub-programs: Community Development, Community Futures Program, or Targeted Economic Initiatives. Note: If a community benefits from two different projects, that community will be counted twice.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway & Client Relationship Management (CRM)

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Western Canadian communities have the necessary public infrastructure to support economic growth

# of communities  benefitting from federal public infrastructure investments

"Communities benefitting" include all distinct communities receiving benefit from a new or improved infrastructure system, network, or facility.  Note: If a community benefits from two different projects, that community will be counted twice.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Sub-Program Level
2.1  Infrastructure Programming

Expected Result

New or improved environmental systems

#  and type of new or improved environmental systems

"Type" refers to water, wastewater, solid waste, energy efficiency, and brown field remediation.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

New or improved transportation or telecommunications networks

# and type of new or improved transportation or telecommunications networks

"Type" refers to local transportation, public transit, and public internet access.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

New or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism, or other related facilities

# and type of new or improved community, cultural, recreational, tourism, or other related facilities

"Type" refers to community, cultural, recreational, tourism, and other.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

2.2  Community Development

Expected Result

Strong community strategic planning

 # of local and regionally-based community strategic plan(s) developed and/or updated

The Recipient has collaborated to develop and/or update a community strategic plan or plans which:

  • is current,
  • reflects its geographic region,
  • includes relevant communities of interest (e.g., Aboriginal peoples, youth, visible minorities, etc.), and
  • engaged the community.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway and CRM

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Effective implementation of community plans

$ value and type of community-based projects

"Value" represents the total costs of the community-based project, including both WD's or the FEDO's contribution as well as funding leveraged from other sources. "Type" includes:

  1. Development of knowledge and/or tools to diversify the local economy;
  2. Labour market skills development;
  3. Capacity building of community organizations;
  4. Enhanced services and infrastructure; and,
  5. Promotion of entrepreneurship/ business development (includes business skills development).

WD's Information Management System - Gateway and CRM

Semi-annually, minimum

2.3  Community Futures Program

Expected Result

Strong rural community strategic planning and implementation

$ value and type of community-based projects

"Value" represents the total costs of the community-based project, including both CF Program funding as well as funding leveraged from other sources.  The amount of funding originating from the CF Program Authority will be reported separately. "Type" includes:

  1. Development of knowledge and/or tools to diversify the local economy;
  2. Labour market skills development;
  3. Capacity building of community organizations;
  4. Enhanced services and infrastructure; and,
  5. Promotion of entrepreneurship/ business development (includes business skills development).

WD's Information Management System - CRM

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Rural access to business development services

# of businesses created, maintained, or expanded through business services

The number of businesses created, maintained or expanded through business development services.

WD's Information Management System - CRM

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Rural access to capital and leveraged capital

$ value and type of loan

Dollar value of loans to new and existing business, where approved and first disbursement made by CF Organization. "Type" includes:

  1. loans to new businesses and
  2. loans to existing businesses.

WD's Information Management System - CRM

Semi-annually, minimum

2.4  Targeted Economic Initiatives

Expected Result

Business opportunities are created

# of businesses created, maintained, or expanded

The number of businesses created, maintained, or expanded through targeted economic initiatives.

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Community opportunities are created

$ value and type of community-based projects

"Value" represents the total costs of the community-based project, including both WD's contribution as well as funding leveraged from other sources. "Type" includes:

  1. Development of knowledge and/or tools to diversify the local economy;
  2. Labour market skills development;
  3. Capacity building of community organizations;
  4. Enhanced services and infrastructure;
  5. Promotion of entrepreneurship/ business development (includes business skills development).

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Expected Result

Job opportunities are created

# of person months of employment created, maintained, or expanded

The number of person months of employment created, maintained or expanded as a result of targeted economic initiatives.  Expanded refers to transitioning a seasonal or part-time employee to a year-round or full-time position, or similar increase in hours. One job = 12 person months of employment.  (For public reporting, person months of employment will be converted to jobs.)

WD's Information Management System - Gateway

Semi-annually, minimum

Program Level
3.0 Policy, Advocacy, and Coordination

Expected Result

Policies that strengthen the western Canadian economy

Percentage of key Informants with the opinion that WD activities resulted in policies that support the economic development of Western Canada

The survey will provide respondents with a 5-point scale from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree.  Respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement, will be counted among those "with the opinion that WD activities resulted in policies that support the economic development of Western Canada."

Survey

Every 2.5 years

Expected Result

Programs that strengthen the western Canadian economy

Percentage of key Informants with the opinion that WD activities resulted in programs that support the economic development of Western Canada

The survey will provide respondents with a 5-point scale from Strongly Agree to Strongly Disagree. Respondents who agree or strongly agree with the statement, will be counted among those "with the opinion that WD activities resulted in programs that support the economic development of Western Canada."

Survey

Every 2.5 years

Sub-Program Level
3.1  Advocacy & Coordination

Expected Result

Access to economic opportunities for Western Canada

# of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to economic development opportunities for Western Canada

"Initiatives" are defined as WD activities intended to influence federal policy, program and/ or project development.  These initiatives may be categorized by WD policy priority area (e.g., Trade & Investment, Clean Energy & Oil Sands, SME Innovation or Other).

Regional PAC Indicator Tracking Document

Semi-annually

Expected Result

Coordinated economic development activities, policies, and programs in Western Canada

# of initiatives undertaken, programs implemented, and policies developed, which were coordinated by WD

"Initiatives" are defined as WD activities intended to provide leadership in coordinating economic development activities, policy development or implementation, or program development or implementation.

Regional PAC Indicator Tracking Document

Semi-annually

Expected Result

Access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SME's

# of initiatives WD engaged in to enhance access to procurement opportunities for western Canadian SMEs and stakeholders

"Initiatives" are defined as WD activities intended to represent western Canadian interests or facilitate business development opportunities related to procurement.

Regional PAC Indicator Tracking Document

Semi-annually

3.2  Economic Analysis

Expected Result

Decisions impacting the western Canadian economy are informed by evidence- based economic analysis

# of evidence-based economic analyses conducted/ funded by WD

"Economic analysis" is defined as a final economic-oriented research product, either internally produced or funded through Grants and Contributions.

Regional PAC Indicator Tracking Document

Semi-annually