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Number of page views of electronic publications: The combination of web pages viewed and downloaded during visits to the Statistics Canada website.

Success in finding information on the Statistics Canada website: Users are asked to indicate whether they successfully located the information they were seeking in their current visit to the Statistics Canada website. This feedback is collected in the Web Evaluation Survey, conducted annually by Statistics Canada. An invitation to participate in the survey appears as users view the site's pages.

Ease of finding information on the Statistics Canada website: Users are asked to rate, on a five-point scale ranging from very easy to very difficult, how easily they found the information they were seeking in their current visit to the Statistics Canada website. This feedback is collected in the Web Evaluation Survey conducted annually by Statistics Canada. An invitation to participate in the survey appears as users view the site's pages.

Satisfaction with website: Users are asked to rate, on a five-point scale ranging from very satisfied to very dissatisfied, their satisfaction with the Statistics Canada website. This feedback is collected in the Web Evaluation Survey, conducted annually by Statistics Canada. An invitation to participate in the survey appears as users view the site's pages.

Use of administrative data: Statistics Canada uses data from the Canada Revenue Agency and other administrative sources as an alternative to obtaining data directly from respondents. Sometimes called 'survey data replacement', this practice reduces the number of questionnaires going to respondents and the associated response burden.

Index of response burden hours: This estimate is calculated annually using the frequency of each survey, the average time to complete the questionnaire and the number of surveyed respondents. Dividing by the estimated number of Canadian businesses gives average burden per establishment. The average is indexed, to a base year of 1991. The calculation excludes the quinquennial Census of Agriculture.

Net census undercoverage: The number of people missed less the number of people counted more than once. Following each census since the 1961 Census, a reverse record check (RRC) has been carried out to measure census population undercoverage. The RRC estimates the number of people missed in the census. This estimate is combined with the estimate from the census overcoverage study of the number of people enumerated more than once to calculate net undercoverage. In the Census of Agriculture, net census undercoverage—number of farms is the number of farms missed by the census less the number of farms counted more than once. As well, net census undercoverage—total farm area is the total farm area missed by the census less the total farm area counted more than once.

Response rates: The accuracy of the data disseminated by Statistics Canada is directly related to the accuracy of the data provided by respondents to its surveys or censuses. It follows that an important indication of accuracy is the percentage of respondents asked to provide data who actually do so. Generally, the higher the response rate, the greater the accuracy of census results.

Management Accountability Framework: This annual evaluation of departments conducted by the Treasury Board Secretariat measures 21 areas of management. This independent evaluation is an indicator of the efficiency of an organization's modern management practices.

Financial reports to Policy Committee provided as planned: Reporting by the Agency's financial management services to the Agency's executive committee. This is scheduled to occur monthly.

Departmental Staffing Accountability Report: An annual report provided by organizations to the Public Service Commission concerning the management and results of departmental/agency staffing.

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