Measuring Environment Canada's Research and Development Performance (2014): chapter 4

Performance Measurement Framework

The Science Strategy 2014-19 guides all of Environment Canada’s (EC) science, ensuring a Department-wide focus on federal environmental priorities and commitment to core principles. In this report, research and development (R&D) performance is assessed using the following Performance Measurement Framework based on the Science Strategy. The Framework breaks down each Science Strategy principle into the components of its definition. International best practices for performance measurement were used to guide the selection of indicators for each component. Footnote1

Figure 1: Performance Measurement Framework


  • Support current and future needs of users
  • Deliver on the Department's mandate and key federal priorities


  • Conduct science in an open manner
  • Make science easily accessible


  • Anticipate, adapt to and respond to new science realities and priorities
  • Maintain scientific expertise and capacity across environmental science, as needed to support the Department's mandate


  • Maintain stature, reputation and productivity
  • Adhere to internationally recognized standards and processes


  • Collaborate with colleagues in the Department and across the federal government, and with domestic and international partners
  • Share information and expertise across disciplines, sectors, and jurisdictions

The Science Strategy identifies four priority areas for EC’s science. These are areas of national and global importance that the Department has selected to drive much of its scientific work between 2014-2019. Where possible within a principle, performance is assessed using priority areas (PA).

  • Contaminants & Stressors (PA1): Reducing the impacts of contaminants and other environmental stressors on the natural environment
  • Weather (PA2): Providing early warnings about changing weather, climate and other environmental conditions
  • Climate Change (PA3): Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Conservation & Protection (PA4): Strengthening environmental conservation and protection to support responsible resource development
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