Results-based Budgeting

The third and final cycle of Results-based Budgeting reviews ended in January 2015. Well over 500 government programs and services were reviewed since 2012.

Results-based budgeting was intended to help ensure every government program and service delivers the outcomes Albertans expect as effectively and efficiently as possible, including those delivered by agencies, boards and commissions.

The results-based budgeting process involved the participation of government and non-government people. Frontline workers participated in the review of programs and services, while government MLAs and members of the public participated on challenge panels (see Cycle 1, Cycle 2, and Cycle 3) to ensure the reviews were rigorous and recommendations emerging from the reviews supported the goal of working better to meet the needs of Albertans.

The government released Reports to Albertans for each review, as required by the Results-based Budgeting Act. The fourth progress report, released in November 2015, includes an overview of findings and recommendations for Cycle 3.


Cycle 1

The first cycle included the reviews of more than 150 programs and services, divided into six lines of business:

Final reports and over 170 recommendations were presented to challenge panels in May 2013.

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Cycle 2

Over 220 programs and services were reviewed in Cycle 2. These programs and services fall under six lines of business:

Cycle 2 reviews were completed and were presented to challenge panels in December 2013 and January 2014, with the exception of the Supports to Albertans in Need line of business, which was presented in June 2014.

Cycle 3

Over 170 programs and services were reviewed in Cycle 3. These programs and services fall under five lines of business:

Cycle 3 reviews were completed and presented to challenge panels in January 2015.

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Page last updated:  June 18, 2016