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Audits and Evaluations

Summative Evaluation of the National Archival Development Program

5.3 Cost-effectiveness

Overall, the program structure is appropriate, and represents an effective means of supporting the archival community and its activities. There is a high level of support for the continued funding of individual institutions, particularly as the level of collaboration between institutions is strong, and allows for individual success to be shared for the benefit of the whole community. One area in which cost-effectiveness might be improved at the project level is the application and reporting process, which is time-consuming, and which continues to deter some applicants from applying for funding.

Streamlining the adjudication process, as suggested in the 2004 evaluation of the Grants and Contributions Program, may also help to reduce perceived duplication of effort and improve program efficiency. Streamlining could be achieved by replacing the current multi-tiered adjudication process with one in which either CCA or Provincial/Territorial councils (but not both) would be solely responsible for reviewing and adjudicating projects and providing clarification if necessary.

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