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Response of Library and Archives Canada to the Round VI Management Accountability Framework Action Plan 2009-2010

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 Canadian Heritage, 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 and engage the Canadian Heritage portfolio at the onset of the Treasury Board submissions process.

Indicators TBS evaluation
5. Quality of analysis in Treasury Board submissionsAttention Required

TBS recommendation:

  • LAC needs to strengthen its development and review process for Treasury Board submissions and to put in place a better quality control process.
  • LAC needs to engage Canadian Heritage Portfolio Affairs at the onset of the process.

LAC Action Plan:

  • LAC has created a dedicated quality control section to work closely with program areas throughout the submission's lifecycle.
  • LAC has established procedures to ensure close collaboration with Canadian Heritage for the development of Treasury Board submissions.
  • LAC will formalize its internal process for the preparation of Treasury Board submissions.

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