Canadian Govt trials in-house research analysis to save costs
CANADA— The Canadian Government has opted to analyse some survey results in-house in order to save money, reports suggest.
According to a report in The Ottawa Citizen, the federal government has begun to analyse some of the public opinion surveys it commissions rather than use the impartial analysis of the polling companies themselves - four out of 20 studies have been analysed in-house in the last six months. The newspaper claims that the result is that some findings have become less transparent.
A government spokesperson is quoted as saying the shift to internal analysis is “one way departments are doing their part to help reduce overall costs for taxpayers”.
“This practice not only saves analysis and reporting costs, but also permits tracking and comparison of results over time,” the spokesman said. “Choosing to conduct analysis in-house or externally will vary depending upon the project, budget and capacity.”
The move follows criticism of massive government cuts in spending on public opinion research which have left policy-makers and civil servants with less evidence to work with.