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The failure to transform outputs into results is a problem across many sectors.
The failure to transform outputs into results is a problem across many sectors.

It’s serious business: moving from outputs to results

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When it comes to supporting the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada there is a serious disconnect between outputs and results.

The Canadian government invests over $800 million per year in Canada’s First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB). In spite of this funding, the program’s healthcare outputs do not have the intended results. The health of Indigenous peoples has not improved. 

In fact, the opposite is true. Instead of healthy communities with low rates of disease there is an increase in disease and social breakdown. Case in point, the rate of tuberculosis among Indigenous people (excluding the Inuit) is six times higher than the overall Canadian rate. Among the Inuit, it is 38 times higher.

Rates of Tuberculosis are a barometer of health because the disease is linked to poor housing, food insecurity and poverty.

Why is it that Canada, one the world’s richest nations, can’t drive its outputs to create intended results for Indigenous peoples? Why is it that the millions of dollars spent and medical services provided do not result in lower disease rates and their overall good health?

The problem is not a financial one.

The failure to transform outputs into results is a problem that plagues organizations across many sectors and undermines their success.

When it comes to moving beyond outputs to results, what should we be looking at? We’d love to hear what you have to say.

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