The global financial crisis in 2008 was a significant watershed for governments everywhere. Diminished prospects for growth coupled with continuing demands for government interventions and chronic constraints on resources, prompted in part by the widespread adoption of variants of neo-liberalism (constrain resources to limit spending and shrink governments), have created fiscal environments where rationing expenditures among programs and policies is chronic and even acute.

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Journal Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation
McDavid, J. (Jim), Brousselle, A. (Astrid), Shepherd, R, & Zussman, D. (David). (2017). Linking evaluation and spending reviews: Challenges and prospects. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation (Vol. 32, pp. 297–304). doi:10.3138/cjpe.43176