Measuring Environment Canada's Research and Development Performance (2014): chapter 3

Sources of Information

Two main information sources used in this report are described below:

1. Bibliometric data on Environment Canada’s peer-reviewed scientific publications from 2003-2013

Bibliometrics is the statistical study of publications classified by area of work, authors, institutions, etc. It provides insight on the quality and quantity of science produced, allowing analysis of Environment Canada's (EC) publication trends and status within the Canadian and international environmental research landscape. This report uses bibliometrics to analyze publication productivity, scientific impact, collaboration, accessibility, and relevance to Science Strategy priority areas. Bibliometric data used in this report was compiled from several internal sources and externally commissioned reports that examined departmental publications over the time period 2003-2013.  

2. 2014 Survey of linkages between science users and producers within Environment Canada

Program Alignment Architecture (PAA) programs, sub-programs and sub-sub-programs in EC were asked about their science activities in the 2014 calendar year. The response rate was 92% (36 out of 39 lowest-level programs under Strategic Outcomes 1, 2 and 3). Internal Services such as finance and human resources were excluded from the survey, as they do not fall under a specific Strategic Outcome. This report presents survey responses from programs that use and/or produce research and development (R&D) (on its own, or in addition to related science activities [RSA]). Programs that use or produce only RSA are excluded unless specifically indicated. A similar survey of R&D users, producers and funders was completed in 2009. However, the organizational structure of the Department has since changed, meaning that current and past programs may not be directly comparable.

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