An Evidence-Based Approach to Access Reform (Working Paper 22)

dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Alasdairen
dc.contributor.authorDeWolfe, Jonathanen
dc.contributor.authorStack, Christopheren
dc.date.accessioned2016-09-14T18:31:47Z
dc.date.available2016-09-14T18:31:47Z
dc.date.issued2001-07
dc.description.abstractIn August 2000, the federal government began an internal review of the Access to Information Act (ATIA). The ATIA gives Canadians a qualified right of access to records held by federal institutions. Decisions about reform should be based on good evidence about the operation of the Act and the likely impact of proposed reforms. This paper describes how data on ATIA operations is collected by federal institutions and provides a guide to academic researchers interested in conducting empirical research on the operation of the law. It constructs a small dataset that describes the processing of a sample of 663 requests received in 1999, and uses this dataset to illustrate the potential of an evidence-based approach to ATIA reform. The dataset can be downloaded from http://evidence.foilaw.net. The project was supported by a $4,800 grant from the Principal’s Development Fund of Queen’s University awarded in May 2001. Comments should be sent to the principal investigator, Alasdair Roberts, at roberts@policystudies.ca.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/14888
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesPolicy Studies Working Paper 22en
dc.subjectEvidenceen
dc.subjectAccess Reformen
dc.subjectInternal Reviewen
dc.subjectAccess to Information Acten
dc.subjectATIAen
dc.titleAn Evidence-Based Approach to Access Reform (Working Paper 22)en
dc.typeworking paperen
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