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Framework for Analysis of the Quality of Screening Reports

Government of Canada
Quality Assurance Program for Environmental Assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act
May 2011

About this Report

This report describes a pilot study undertaken by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) in partial fulfillment of a commitment made to the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development (CESD).

The purpose of the study, a product of the Agency-led Quality Assurance Program for assessments conducted under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (the Act), was to develop a framework for analyzing the quality of screening reports and to validate the framework by applying it to a sample of 15 screening reports. Screenings are by far the most common form of environmental assessment conducted under the Act.

The framework encompasses indicators for demonstrating, through information provided in screening reports, whether the underlying screenings were in compliance with certain key provisions of the Act. It also addresses whether the screening report, and presumably the underlying screening, met an appropriate standard of quality.

The Agency’s intent is to analyze current examples of typical screening reports against the framework on an ongoing basis, and to provide the results of those analyses to responsible authorities to enable continuous improvement.

The reports used to develop the framework were taken from the Agency’s existing collection of screening reports completed in 2004 and 2005.

The primary purpose of the study was to test the utility of potential indicators of compliance and quality. It needs to be emphasized that there was no intention to develop a compliance and quality baseline for past screening reports. The sample of screening reports was too small to reliably assess, on a stand-alone basis, compliance and quality of screening reports of the period, or to support reliable comparisons with more recent screening reports evaluated by applying the same framework.

© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, 2011 All Rights Reserved
Published by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency.

This report is also available in Adobe's Portable Document Format [PDF - 145 KB].

Also issued in French under the title: Cadre d'analyse de la qualité des rapports d'examen préalable

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Catalogue No. : En106-97/2011E-PDF
ISBN : 978-1-100-18428-9

Framework for Analysis of the Quality of Screening Reports