Criminal Law Policy Function Evaluation

Appendix B: Interview Guides

Key Informant Interview Guide for CLPS Counsel

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please describe your current role and responsibilities within CLPS.

2. Please briefly describe the process you follow on a typical policy file.

Relevance

3. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes in the nature or volume of requests for your team’s services? How has your team responded to these trends?

Performance — Effectiveness

4. To what extent do you proactively monitor the legal and policy environment to identify policy and legislative responses that would improve the criminal justice system? Has this changed in the last five years?

5. What types of internal and/or external consultation activities have you undertaken with principal stakeholders over the past five years?

6. How effective are these consultations in identifying issues and options with regard to the development and implementation of law reform? (please provide some examples)

7. What factors contribute to or constrain your ability to provide high-quality legal policy advice? How might these factors be addressed?

8. What structures are in place to ensure that the advice provided by the Section is consistent with other advice provided or position taken by Justice on the same topic (i.e., “Justice speaks with one voice”)? How well do these structures work?

9. Please describe how you work with client departments and other areas of the Department of Justice to identify and assess legal risks and develop options to manage or mitigate those risks.

10. In general, is your team’s consultations/collaboration with the specialized sections in Justice effective? Why or why not?

11. Over the past five years, have you provided assistance with the implementation of new policy/criminal law reforms (e.g. by providing training sessions, assisting with the preparation of education/information sharing materials)? Please provide some concrete examples.

Research (if key informant has not used RSD services, skip to the next section on international work).

12. What key research services/products have you requested from the Department’s Research and Statistics Division over the past five years? Have you received this information?

13. Generally speaking, how do you use the information you request from the Research and Statistics Division (for example in the development of MCs, in support of Parliamentary commitments, developing policy options)? To what extent does this information contribute to a fuller understanding of the policy issues involved and possible responses? Please provide some examples.

14. What, if any, changes could be made to the research services/support delivered by the Research and Statistic’s Division to better meet your needs?

International Work (if key informant is not involved in international work, skip to the next section on efficiency and economy).

15. Please describe the level and nature of your involvement in meetings of international bodies/negotiating international treaties and agreements.

16. Based on your experience, how effective has your team’s legal policy advice been in facilitating the consideration of Canadian interests and the inclusion of Canadian approaches in international instruments dealing with criminal law matters?

17. Please provide some examples where the legal policy work in which you have been involved has been considered in the development of international instruments dealing with criminal law matters.

18. Have you provided assistance with the implementation of international instruments? Please provide specific examples.

19. Please describe the level and nature of your involvement in the provision of direct technical assistance internationally.

Performance — Efficiency and Economy

20. Is your team generally consulted by client departments or other areas of Justice when you should be? In your response, please consider whether the requests for your team’s assistance are timely and appropriate.

21. Are the resources available within your team sufficient to complete the tasks required of it, both in terms of quality and quantity?

22. Are there any improvements that could be made to improve efficiency within your team or within the Section more generally?

23. Do you have any other comments?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for CLPS Managers

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please briefly describe your current role/position and responsibilities within CLPS.

Relevance

2. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes in the nature or volume of requests for your team’s services? How has your team responded to these trends?

Performance — Effectiveness

3. To what extent do you proactively monitor the legal and policy environment to identify policy and legislative responses that would improve the Canadian criminal justice system and/or international legal framework? Has this changed in the last five years?

4. What significant policy and legislative changes has your team been involved in over the past five years?

5. One of the outcomes identified for CLPS is that the Section’s legal and policy advice informs government decision making. Please provide some examples of where CLPS’ work has been considered in government decision making. Are there any barriers to CLPS advice being considered in the decision-making process?

6. In your view, how well does the briefing process work (e.g., in terms of providing senior managers, the Deputy Minister, and the Minister with the necessary advice to make timely, informed decisions)? Please explain.

7. What structures are in place to ensure that the advice provided by the Section is consistent with other advice provided or position taken by Justice on the same topic (i.e. “Justice speaks with one voice”)? How well do these structures work?

8. How does your team determine what research is needed to support policy development? Is this research generally available to your team?

9. The 2011 Public Service Employee Survey identified several factors that employees feel are affecting the quality of work within the Criminal Law Policy Section. These factors include: constantly changing priorities, too many approval stages, unreasonable deadlines and having to do the same or more work but with fewer resources. What, if anything, has been done within your team or within the Section more generally to address the Survey’s findings?

10. What criteria do you use when assigning counsel to files? Please consider how you manage changing priorities in your answer.

Performance — Efficiency and Economy

11. Based on your experience, is CLPS generally consulted by client departments or other areas of Justice when it should be? In your response, please consider whether the requests for assistance from CLPS are timely and appropriate.

12. What mechanisms and structures are in place within the Section to facilitate policy information exchange/communication across teams? With other policy groups and stakeholders in the Department? Outside the Department? Are there improvements that could be made?

13. Are the resources available within your team sufficient to complete the tasks required of it, both in terms of quality and quantity?

14. What measures are in place to ensure that the Section’s activities are carried out efficiently? Cost-effectively? Are there improvements that could be made?

15. Are there any factors beyond the Section’s control that impact its ability to provide services efficiently? Please describe.

16. In your view, what (if any) best practices or lessons learned have emerged from the delivery of the Section’s services over the past five years?

17. Do you have any other comments?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for ADMO

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please describe your current role/position and responsibilities, specifically as they relate to working with CLPS.

Relevance

2. In your opinion, to what extent do the advisory and policy development services of CLPS meet the needs of the Department of Justice/the Minister of Justice/the Government of Canada (as the case may be)?

3. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes to the nature or volume of requests being made of CLPS? How has CLPS responded to these changes?

Performance - Effectiveness

4. To what extent is the policy and legal advice provided by CLPS responsive to the needs of the Government of Canada? Useful? Timely? Please explain.

5. In your opinion, are there processes/practices that could improve communications between CLPS and your office?

6. In your experience, to what extent is the advice provided by CLPS considered in the decisions made by the Department of Justice/the Government of Canada?

7. In your opinion, how effective is CLPS in facilitating the consideration of Canadian interests and the inclusion of Canadian approaches in international instruments dealing with criminal law matters?

8. In general, how satisfied are you with the legal/policy services your office has received from CLPS?

Efficiency and Economy

9. Based on your experience working with CLPS, what would you identify as best practices or lessons learned in the delivery of CLPS services?

10. Do you have anything you would like to add about your office’s relationship with CLPS or about CLPS more generally?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for Other Areas of Justice

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please describe your current role/position and responsibilities, specifically as they relate to working with CLPS.

2. Please briefly describe your involvement with CLPS.

Relevance

3. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes in your group’s work with and/or use of CLPS services? In your response, please consider the volume, type of legal issues, complexity, legal risk level, and any other characteristics. How has CLPS responded to these changes?

Performance - Effectiveness

4. Please describe any involvement CLPS has had in providing your group with legal or legal policy advice concerning domestic or international criminal law issues (including legal advice regarding the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenges on a criminal law matter). What, if anything, could be improved, and how might CLPS support any improvements?

5. Are there any barriers to consulting with CLPS? What are the potential risks to the Department of Justice and the Government of Canada if CLPS is not appropriately consulted?

6. To what extent is the policy and legal advice provided by CLPS responsive to your group’s needs? Useful? Timely?

7. Please describe any involvement CLPS has in helping your group manage its legal risks.

8. Please describe the type and frequency of consultations that occur between your group and CLPS. Are they effective? What works particularly well? What, if anything, could be improved, and how might CLPS support any improvements?

9. Please describe any work that your group does with CLPS concerning meetings of international bodies / negotiating international treaties and agreements.

10. Has CLPS supported your group in the implementation of new policy/criminal law reforms or international instruments dealing with criminal law matters? If yes, please provide some concrete examples. Did the support provided meet your needs?

11. In general, how satisfied are you with the legal/policy services your group has received from CLPS?

Efficiency and Economy

12. Is your Unit/Division aware when it should consult with CLPS? Are there ways in which CLPS could communicate its roles and responsibilities more clearly to its clients/partners?

13. Based on your experience working with CLPS, what would you identify as best practices or lessons learned in the delivery of CLPS services?

14. In general, have appropriate CLPS counsel been assigned to work with your group (considering the expertise and experience of the counsel and the nature of the file)?

15. What, if any, suggestions do you have for improving the efficiency or cost-effectiveness of legal services provided by CLPS?

16. Do you have anything you would like to add about your group’s relationship with CLPS?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for the Legislative Services Branch

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please describe your current role/position and responsibilities, specifically as they relate to working with CLPS.

2. Please describe the stages at which you are generally involved on a typical policy file led by CLPS.

Relevance

3. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes in your work with CLPS? In your response, please consider the volume, type of legal issues, level of urgency, complexity, legal risk level, and any other characteristics. How has CLPS responded to these changes?

Performance - Effectiveness

4. In general, how satisfied is your group with CLPS’ assistance in the legislative and regulatory drafting process?

5. What improvements, if any, could be made by CLPS to better support the legislative and regulatory drafting process?

Efficiency and Economy

6. What mechanisms and structures are in place to facilitate information exchange/ communication between your group and CLPS? Are there improvements that could be made?

7. In general, have appropriate CLPS counsel been assigned to work with your group (considering the expertise and experience of the counsel and the nature of the file)?

8. Based on your experience working with CLPS, what would you identify as best practices or lessons learned in the delivery of CLPS services?

9. Do you have anything you would like to add about your group’s relationship with CLPS?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for Research and Statistics Division

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please describe your current role/position and responsibilities, specifically as they relate to working with CLPS.

2. Please briefly describe your involvement with CLPS.

Relevance

3. What is the rationale for the provision of the Research and Statistics Division (RSD)’s services to CLPS?

4. Have you observed any changes in the demand for research and statistical services from CLPS over the last five years? In your response, please consider the volume, type of issues, complexity, turnover time and any other characteristics of your work. How has RSD responded to these changes?

5. How are research priorities in the area of criminal law policy generally identified? Are there improvements that could be made? How might CLPS support any improvements?

Performance - Effectiveness

6. What research and statistical services/support has RSD provided to CLPS over the last five years? Roughly, what proportion of RSD services are provided to CLPS?

7. In which situations does CLPS generally request RSD services/support?

8. In general, how has RSD been included on a typical CLPS file?

9. To what extent has the research carried out informed criminal law policy (i.e. had an impact on CLPS’ policy work)? Can you provide any examples?

10. In what CLPS working groups/meetings does RSD regularly participate? What is the role of RSD on these working groups/in these meetings?

11. Are there any improvements that could be made by RSD to provide better support to CLPS in its work?

Performance – Efficiency

12. What mechanisms and structures are in place to facilitate information exchange/ communication between RSD and CLPS? Are there improvements that could be made?

13. Do you have anything you would like to add about your Division’s relationship with CLPS?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for CLPS Client Departments

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section. The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please describe your current role/position and responsibilities, specifically as they relate to working with CLPS. On what projects have you worked with CLPS over the past five years?

Relevance

2. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes to the nature or volume of requests being made of CLPS by your department or agency? How has CLPS responded to these changes?

Performance - Effectiveness

3. Please describe any involvement CLPS has had in providing your department or agency with legal or legal policy advice concerning domestic criminal law issues (including legal advice regarding the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms challenges on a criminal law matter). What, if anything, could be improved, and how might CLPS support any improvements?

4. When does your unit/department consult with CLPS? Generally, do you consult directly with CLPS or through your Legal Services Unit? If you work within a Legal Services Unit, are you aware of situations where your client department has consulted directly with CLPS?

5. Are there any barriers to consulting with CLPS? What are the potential risks to your department or agency and/or the Government of Canada if CLPS is not appropriately consulted?

6. To what extent is the legal and policy advice provided by CLPS responsive? Useful? Timely?

7. In your opinion, are there processes/practices that could improve communications between CLPS and your department/agency?

8. Please describe any involvement CLPS has in helping your department/agency manage its legal risks.

9. How effective are CLPS’ consultations with your department or agency in identifying issues and options with regard to the development and implementation of law reform? Please provide some examples. What, if anything, could be improved, and how might CLPS support any improvements?

10. Please describe any work that your department or agency does with CLPS that involves meetings of international bodies/negotiations of international treaties and agreements. How effective is CLPS’ involvement?

11. Has CLPS supported your unit/department in the implementation of new policy/criminal law reforms or international instruments dealing with criminal law matters? If yes, please provide some concrete examples. Did their support meet your needs?

12. In general, how satisfied are you with the legal/policy services your department/agency has received from CLPS?

Efficiency and Economy

13. Is your department or agency aware when it should consult with CLPS? Are there ways in which CLPS could communicate its roles and responsibilities more clearly to clients?

14. Based on your experience working with CLPS, what would you identify as best practices or lessons learned in the delivery of CLPS services?

15. In general, have appropriate CLPS counsel been assigned to work with your department/agency (considering the expertise and experience of the counsel and the nature of the file)?

16. Do you have anything you would like to add about your department/agency’s relationship with CLPS?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for PCO

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice and of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions.

The evaluation focuses on 2008-2012, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues (PCVI) is not part of this evaluation. Therefore, please do not consider the work of the PCVI in your responses.

Introduction

1. Please describe your current role/position and responsibilities, specifically as they relate to working with CLPS.

Relevance

2. In your opinion, to what extent do the advisory and policy development services of CLPS meet the needs of the Department of Justice/the Minister of Justice/the Government of Canada (as the case may be)?

3. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes to the nature or volume of requests being made of CLPS by your office? How has CLPS responded to these changes?

Performance - Effectiveness

4. To what extent is the policy and legal advice provided by CLPS responsive to the needs of your office? Useful? Timely? Please explain.

5. In your opinion, are there processes/practices that could improve communications between CLPS and your office?

6. In your experience, to what extent is the advice provided by CLPS considered in the decisions made by your office?

7. In general, how satisfied are you with the legal/policy services your office has received from CLPS?

Efficiency and Economy

8. Is your office aware when it should consult with CLPS? Are the roles and responsibilities of CLPS clearly communicated to your office?

9. Based on your experience working with CLPS, what would you identify as best practices or lessons learned in the delivery of CLPS services?

10. Do you have anything you would like to add about your office’s relationship with CLPS?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for Provincial and Territorial Justice Officials

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice, the provinces and territories, and with representatives of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on the 2008-2012 period, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues is not part of this evaluation. Please do not consider the work of the Centre in your responses.

  1. Please describe the nature of your ministry’s relationship with CLPS (i.e. the ways/context in which you work together).
  2. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes to the nature or volume of your or your ministry’s work with CLPS?
  3. When consulted by CLPS, is your ministry generally given enough time to provide its input?
  4. Do you feel that your Ministry’s input is given due consideration by CLPS? On what basis do you form this view?
  5. In your opinion, are there processes/practices that could improve communications between CLPS and your ministry?
  6. Has CLPS supported your ministry in the implementation of any new policy/criminal law reforms or international instruments dealing with criminal law matters? If yes, please provide some concrete examples. Did this support meet your needs?
  7. Based on your experience working with CLPS, what would you identify as best practices in the federal/provincial/territorial consultation process (i.e. the Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials, Criminal Justice, and its working groups)? What, if anything, could be improved, and how might CLPS support any improvements?
  8. In general, have appropriate CLPS counsel been assigned to the Coordinating Committee of Senior Officials, Criminal Justice, and its working groups (considering the expertise and experience of the counsel and the nature of the file)?
  9. In general, how satisfied are you with your relationship with CLPS?
  10. Do you have anything you would like to add about your ministry’s relationship with CLPS?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for Representative of Heads of Prosecution/Heads of Corrections

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice, the provinces and territories, and with representatives of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on the 2008-2012 period, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues is not part of this evaluation. Please do not consider the work of the Centre in your responses.

  1. Please describe the nature of your work with CLPS (i.e. the ways/context in which you work together).
  2. Over the last five years, have you observed any changes to the nature or volume of your work with CLPS?
  3. When consulted by CLPS, are you generally given enough time to provide your input?
  4. Do you feel that your input is given due consideration by CLPS? On what basis do you form this view?
  5. In your opinion, are there processes/practices that could improve communications between CLPS and the Heads of Prosecution/Heads of Corrections?
  6. Based on your experience working with CLPS, what would you identify as best practices in the consultation process? What, if anything, could be improved, and how might CLPS support any improvements?
  7. In general, how satisfied are you with your relationship with CLPS?
  8. Do you have anything you would like to add about your relationship with CLPS or about CLPS more generally?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

Key Informant Interview Guide for Non-Governmental Organizations

The Department of Justice Evaluation Division is conducting an evaluation of the Criminal Law Policy Section (CLPS). The purpose of the evaluation is to assess the extent to which CLPS provides relevant and effective criminal law policy services to the federal government. The evaluation includes interviews with those working within CLPS, with representatives of the Department of Justice, the provinces and territories, and with representatives of other organizations who are familiar with the work of CLPS.

The information we gather through this interview will be summarized in aggregate form and will not be attributed to individual informants. You will have an opportunity to review our written summary of the interview and make any corrections or additions. Some questions may not be applicable to the work you do. Please let us know and we will skip those questions.

The evaluation focuses on the 2008-2012 period, so please consider your experiences during those years in your responses.

As it is subject to a separate evaluation process, the Policy Centre for Victims Issues is not part of this evaluation. Please do not consider the work of the Centre in your responses.

  1. Please describe the nature of your organization’s relationship with CLPS.
  2. Please describe CLPS initiatives on which you have been consulted over the past five years.
  3. How was your organization consulted on these initiatives?
  4. Was your organization consulted in a timely manner?
  5. Does your organization generally provide input when consulted by CLPS?
  6. Do you feel that your organization’s input is given due consideration by CLPS?
  7. When consulted by CLPS, is your organization generally given enough time to provide its input?
  8. In your opinion, are there processes/practices that could improve the consultation process between CLPS and your organization?
  9. In general, how satisfied are you with your relationship with CLPS?
  10. Do you have anything else you would like to add about your organization’s relationship with CLPS?

Thank you. We greatly appreciate your participation.

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