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Audits and Evaluations

Condition of Archival Records in Federal Institutions (CARFI)

  1. Members of the CARFI Working Group include: Judith Roberts-Moore, Paul Touesnard, Margaret Dixon, Scott Valentine, and Cathy Craig-Bullen. Other members include: Joanne Pagé-Gauthier, and Sylvie Charron. Former members included: Roderick McFall, Alison Bullock, Bonnie Clark, and Paul Beauséjour.

  2. CARFI consulted ITB and Web Services regarding the development of an electronic version of the survey. In an exchange of e-mails, the Chief of Web Services outlined why they felt the CARFI questionnaire was beyond their in-house capacity (16 October 2006 e-mail from Sue Globensky to Paul Beauséjour):

    1. Current software (PHP-Easy Survey Package) did not support the level of multi-branched complexity in the survey
    2. If attempted in-house, the project cost was estimated at more than $40,000 for the technical work
    3. Insufficient resources to monitor the data work and
    4. Inability to meet the deadline for the CARFI survey

    Web Services recommended the services of Decima Research since they had undertaken previous work for LAC and possessed the tools and capacity for the work the survey required.

  3. This contract had to clear Public Works and Government Services Canada Public Opinion Research Directorate before LAC could proceed with the contact. GRB provided the financial support through RDIMS funding.

  4. Department of National Defence (DND) participated in the Advisory Group (AG) prior to the launch of the CARFI survey to the GC sample group. DND is no longer a member of the AG, as the department opted out of completing the survey.

  5. Originally CARFI had selected 61 GC institutions for its sample. The size of the sample changed as some institutions were dropped for various reasons. There were 54 GC institutions that were sent electronic versions of the survey in February 2007. See Annex C for a listing of the sample. See part 2.1 of this report concerning changes to the survey sample.

  6. These five institutions included National Defence, Canada Post, Industry Canada, Status of Women as well as Agriculture and Agri-Food.

  7. Society for Risk Analysis

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