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Response of Library and Archives Canada to the Round VII Management Accountability Framework
Action Plan 2010-2011

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Results and Performance

The Government of Canada wants to ensure that "relevant information on results (internal, service and program) is gathered and used to make departmental decisions, and public reporting is balanced, transparent, and easy to understand."

Based on this component of the MAF, LAC undertakes to maintain the evaluation capacities it needs to obtain the data that are essential to LAC's decisions and contribution to the MAF, and to carry out professional performance assessments of institutional policies and programs. LAC places a high value on the thoroughness of its organizational reports. Relying on a PAA ensures that the content of the reports is aligned with the institution's activities and is easily understood.

Under the TB Policy on Evaluation (2009), organizations that have less than $300 million in annual reference levels and revenues credited to the vote are considered to be "small" for the purposes of the Policy. In order to accommodate the limited capacity and resources of small departments and agencies, the applications of significant portions of the TB Policy on Evaluation have been deferred until otherwise directed by the President of the Treasury Board. For this reason, small departments and agencies such as LAC that have ongoing programs of grants and contributions will continue to be assessed regardless of their size, in order to gauge their capacity to fulfill their obligations under section 42.1 of the Financial Administration Act.

LAC has a solid foundation in place around the governance of its evaluation function and has invested resources in recent years to enhance the quality of performance data collected by the organization and/or its partners. LAC is encouraged by TBS to maintain a governance body.

Area of Management TBS evaluation
6. Quality and Use of Evaluation Opportunity for Improvement
7. Quality of Performance Reporting Acceptable

TBS Recommendations:

Quality and Use of Evaluation

  • The results of evaluations should be included in TB submissions, Memoranda to Cabinet, Reports on Plans and Priorities, Departmental Performance Reports and, where applicable, Strategic Reviews.
  • The evaluations should be used more often to support decision making in the organization.
  • LAC should continue active, systematic and regular tracking of management action plans arising from evaluation recommendations. Periodic reporting on the status of implementation of the evaluation recommendations should be developed.

Quality of Performance Reporting

  • Not evaluated in Round VII.

LAC Action Plan:

Quality and Use of Evaluation

  • No specific actions will be undertaken, ongoing actions are in place that LAC will continue to improve.

Quality of Performance Reporting

  • No specific actions will be undertaken, ongoing actions are in place that LAC will continue to improve.

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