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Response of Library and Archives Canada Management and - Accountability Framework Assessment Round V (2007–2008)

Policy and Programs

According to the MAF, organizations must see to it that "Departmental research and analytic capacity is developed and sustained to assure high quality policy options, program design and advice to ministers."

With respect to this component, LAC will show leadership during the development, monitoring, evaluation and revision of strategic and operational policies and programs. In this way, the institution develops and establishes strategies, procedures and initiatives on the strategic positioning of LAC's relations with the portfolio of Heritage Canada, other government departments and agencies, and the communities and organizations of librarians and archivists.

TBS has used presentations to Treasury Board as a performance indicator for assessing the quality of the institutional analysis associated with this component of the MAF. Here, it has said that "LAC must strengthen its process for developing and analyzing its presentation before the Treasury Board and, in particular, must enhance its quality control process."

Indicators TBS evaluation
5. Quality of analysis in Treasury Board submissionsOpportunity for improvement

TBS recommendation:

  • Opportunities for improvement include: adding more detailed information in Treasury Board submissions, implementing a more robust quality control process and responding better to comments by the TBS analyst.

Action plan:

  • LAC is currently restructuring its research and analysis functions. Creating the research, strategic planning and liaison division will bolster the institution's capacities in this regard.
  • LAC will create a full-time position that will be responsible for quality assurance and revising treasury board submissions (Fall 2008).
  • LAC will review the roles and responsibilities of all sections submitting information to treasury board so as to improve the quality of its presentations (Fall 2008).
  • LAC will follow up on TBS comments more rigorously by developing full, detailed responses within the time frames specified.
  • LAC will have a forward business agenda that will be discussed by Management Board and shared with TBS.

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