Archived – Program 4: Statistical Infrastructure

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Program description

Statistical infrastructure comprises activities and services that are administered to support a strong statistical system. Professional and Statistical Services include the development of sound statistical methodology, standardized concepts and classifications (including geographic concepts), the development and provision of statistical metadata, the development and maintenance of registers of enterprises and addresses for statistical purposes, and the provision of advice with respect to the Statistics Act and data-sharing agreements. Operational Statistical Services provide support to data collection activities for Statistics Canada's surveys, such as data capture, coding, editing, interviewer hiring and training, and the provision of advice to clients regarding statistical products. It also includes the production of Statistics Canada's catalogued publications, on-line databases and the dissemination of Statistics Canada's official release vehicle The Daily. The Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program includes the co-ordination of the aspects of the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process that ensure the continuity and quality maintenance of programs.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)—Statistical Infrastructure 2014/2015
Main Estimates Planned Spending Total Authorities Available for Use Actual Spending (authorities used) Difference (actual minus planned)
98,556,365 98,556,365 130,167,162 116,399,563 17,843,198
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])—Statistical Infrastructure 2014/2015
Planned Actual Difference (actual minus planned)
897 1,117 220

The difference between planned spending and the total authorities available for use for this program is mainly the result of in-year increases for the unused budget carried forward from 2013/2014, and salary expenditures that are reimbursed by Treasury Board (for example, parental leave payments).

The difference between actual spending and the total authorities available for use for this program reflects unused amounts planned to be carried forward to 2015/2016 to support the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process. Total authorities available for use include the $4.8 million budget carried forward from 2013/2014 to 2014/2015 for the Census of Population Program.

Performance Indicators—Statistical Infrastructure Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Indicators for Statistical Infrastructure. The information is grouped by Program Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Actual Results (appearing as column headers).
Program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
An infrastructure of statistical services and activities is administered to support an effective statistical system Percentage of programs using methodology services 60 100
Percentage of programs using statistical infrastructure services 100 100
Percentage of programs using operational statistical services 65 100

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned—Statistical Infrastructure

2014/2015 activities

  • Statistics Canada's Infrastructure Program continued to advance on a number of initiatives. Activities in 2014/2015 included seeking opportunities to increase the use of administrative data to replace survey data, updating industry and product classification systems, strengthening the corporate information management framework, continuing to develop collection and operations systems (such as the Integrated Collection and Operation System), developing and implementing electronic questionnaires, maintaining and enhancing the Government of Canada Open Data Portal, and reviewing and updating the 10-year investment plan.
  • All targets with respect to performance indicators were met.

Sub-program 4.1: Professional and Statistical Services

Program description

The Professional and Statistical Services program includes the development of sound statistical methodology, standardized concepts and classifications (including geographic concepts), statistical metadata, the preparation and maintenance of registers of households, farms, and other businesses and organizations for the purpose of conducting surveys and censuses. This program is also responsible for acquiring statistical data from Canada Revenue Agency and other administrative sources in order to make these data available to other programs throughout the Agency. Research activities aimed at providing practical solutions related to survey and questionnaire design, the analysis of survey data and other specific topics are undertaken, as well as the provision of expert advice on survey methodology to an international audience. The program also includes the provision of Agency-specific legal services relating to the Statistics Act and to data sharing agreements.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)—Professional and Statistical Services 2014/2015
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference (actual minus planned)
24,755,768 26,578,136 1,822,368
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])—Professional and Statistical Services 2014/2015
Planned Actual Difference (actual minus planned)
246 254 8

The difference, in both spending and FTEs, for this program is the result of a temporary funding reallocation made in 2014/2015 from Sub-program 4.3, Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program, to better align resources with the Agency's priorities, and of salary expenditures that are reimbursed by Treasury Board (for example, parental leave payments).

Performance Indicators—Professional and Statistical Services Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Indicators for Professional and Statistical Services. The information is grouped by Sub-program Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Actual Results (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Programs within Statistics Canada implement state-of-the-art statistical theory and survey methods, standardized concepts, statistical classifications, and registers in the production of statistical outputs Number of programs that undergo a review of their methodology and/or statistical infrastructure 4 8
Percentage of programs reviewed to which the methodology and/or statistical infrastructure provided approved solutions 100 100
Proportion of the proposed solutions that were adopted by the programs 80 96

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned—Professional and Statistical Services

2014/2015 activities

  • While the Agency makes extensive use of administrative data, it continues to seek opportunities to increase the use of administrative data to replace or complement survey data where appropriate. The Administrative Data Secretariat delivered the Administrative and Alternate Data Sources Utilisation Program, which includes a strategy and roadmap to maximize access to and use of administrative and alternative data sources to reduce response burden, lower costs, improve quality, and offer new data series for users.
  • Implementation of the 2012 North American Industry Classification System and the 2012 North American Product Classification System was completed, and work began on the 2017 revisions.
  • The Agency worked to strengthen the corporate information management framework and to renew methodology systems. This included the development and implementation of key survey methods and associated generalized systems for the estimation process relating to both household and business surveys, record linkage, time-series analysis, small-area estimation, and disclosure control.
  • The program met all performance targets.

Sub-program 4.2: Operational Statistical Services

Program description

Operational Statistical Services comprise those activities and services relating to: the collection of data from respondents; the entry of data into computer systems; the coding of data into standard categories; and the processing of data obtained from other government organizations or administrative sources rather than directly from respondents. This sub-program includes those activities associated with the release of the Agency's information to the public. Examples include the production of Statistics Canada's catalogued publications, on-line databases and the dissemination of Statistics Canada's official release vehicle The Daily. The hiring and training of interviewers to support ongoing, ad-hoc and cost-recovered surveys are included in this program. The Advisory Services function, including the National Contact CentreFootnote 1, is also part of this program.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)—Operational Statistical Services 2014/2015
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference (actual minus planned)
57,206,397 66,936,448 9,730,051
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])—Operational Statistical Services 2014/2015
Planned Actual Difference (actual minus planned)
520 584 64

The difference, in both spending and FTEs, for this program is the result of a temporary funding reallocation made in 2014/2015 from Sub-program 4.3, the Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program, to better align resources with the Agency's priorities, and of salary expenditures that are reimbursed by Treasury Board (for example, parental leave payments).

Actual spending and FTEs also include temporary approved funding for the New Dissemination Model project.

FTEs may vary slightly as a result of variance between the average salary rates paid and the estimated average salary rates used in calculations at the planning stage.

Performance Indicators—Operational Statistical Services Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Indicators for Operational Statistical Services. The information is grouped by Sub-program Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Actual Results (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
Subject-matter divisions use modern and state-of-the-art statistical services to support program delivery Percentage of clients who receive the information that they requested 75 85
The information needs of users who contact Statistics Canada are met Percentage of clients who receive the information that they requested 80 89
Canadians use the Statistics Canada website to meet their information needs Percentage of website visitors that found the information they were looking for 75 75

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned—Operational Statistical Services

2014/2015 activities

  • Statistics Canada continued to develop the Integrated Collection and Operations Systems (ICOS). The ICOS Collection Management Portal was implemented to support a broad range of activities, including the recruitment of collection staff, the assignment of work, the definition of the collection strategy, and the management of collection activities and its monitoring. Although some important elements of the ICOS platform have been in use for some time, the ICOS platform was first used comprehensively for the successful launch of the 2014 Census tests. Feedback from the tests will be used to finalize the platform for use in 2016.
  • Statistics Canada continued to develop and implement e-questionnaires for its surveys, with several new surveys offering the option in 2014/2015, including 60 business surveys, 3 social surveys, the Public Service Employee Survey, and the Statistics Canada Website Evaluation Survey. In 2016, for the first time, common corporate systems and tools, including a newly designed e-questionnaire module, will be used to conduct the Census of Population and the Census of Agriculture.
  • As part of the new dissemination initiative, Statistics Canada released a beta website to give users an opportunity to test the revised content. Over 11,000 website visits were recorded during the four weeks in November and December 2014 when the beta site was live. The feedback will be used to finalize and launch the updated site this year. Statistics Canada's official bulletin, The Daily, will also be redesigned according to users' feedback.
  • Statistics Canada continues to maintain and enhance the Government of Canada Open Data Portal. In 2014/2015, as a key data contributor, Statistics Canada added numerous datasets, including output from the Canadian International Merchandise Trade Database, the North American Industry Classification System, and the National Occupational Classification. As a data provider, Statistics Canada continues to be one of the top two public-service contributors.
  • The program met all performance targets.

Sub-program 4.3: Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program

Program description

The Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program includes the co-ordination of the aspects of the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process that ensure the continuity and quality maintenance of programs.

Budgetary Financial Resources (dollars)—Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program 2014/2015
Planned Spending Actual Spending Difference (actual minus planned)
16,594,200 22,884,979 6,290,779
Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalents [FTEs])—Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program 2014/2015
Planned Actual Difference (actual minus planned)
131 279 148

As provided in the Agency's Integrated Strategic Planning Process to ensure funding is available to meet the upcoming continuity and quality maintenance requirements of the Agency's programs, budget was carried forward from 2013/2014 to 2014/2015. A portion of this carry-forward was spent in 2014/2015, and this explains most of the difference between actual and planned spending and FTEs. The difference is also explained by budget realignments to other programs.

Performance Indicators—Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program Table summary
This table displays the results of Performance Indicators for the Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program. The information is grouped by Sub-program Expected Results (appearing as row headers), Performance Indicators, Targets and Actual Results (appearing as column headers).
Sub-program Expected Results Performance Indicators Targets Actual Results
The continuity and quality of Statistics Canada's ongoing programs is being maintained through the integrated strategic planning process Percentage of the investments in the Continuity and Quality Maintenance Investment Plan implemented as planned 80 86Table Note 1

Performance Analysis and Lessons Learned—Continuity and Quality Maintenance Program

2014/2015 activities

  • The Integrated Strategic Planning Process (ISPP) is the key mechanism used to maintain the quality and relevance of programs. As part of the annual ISPP, Statistics Canada systematically reviews and updates the 10-year investment plan to ensure the efficiency, continuity and quality of all statistical and support programs.
  • The 10-year investment plan included investments in the redesign of major survey programs to ensure their continued relevance and effectiveness, the introduction and implementation of relevant standards, as well as a comprehensive review of the potential for administrative and other alternative data sources to replace, complement or supplement the Agency's statistical programs.
  • The program met the performance target.

Notes

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Now called Statistical Information Services.

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