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The Journey Continues: The Second Report to Canadians on Implementing An Accord Between the Government of Canada and the Voluntary Sector

Background Paper: Government of Canada Implementation

C. Looking Ahead

One of the aims of the survey on federal government departments’ work on implementing the Accord and Codes of Good Practice was to identify areas where resources and energy should be directed over the coming year. These priorities for action – which are also set out in the joint federal government-voluntary sector report (The Journey Continues) – will guide the Government of
Canada’s activities from October 2004 to September 2005.

1. INTEGRATE THE ACCORD AND TWO CODES WITHIN AND ACROSS THE SECTORS AS “THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS” BY:

  • improving the flexibility, responsiveness and consistency of funding arrangements between the federal government and the voluntary sector
  • deepening the dialogue between the federal government and the voluntary sector in order to create better public policies for the benefit of Canadians
  • measuring progress in meeting our commitments

2. ENSURE GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR ORGANIZATIONS SHARE GOOD PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNED IN IMPLEMENTING THE ACCORD AND CODES.

WHAT DEPARTMENTS SAID:

Asked what the federal government should focus on, survey respondents identified several key themes:

  • standardize funding practices (e.g., applications, monitoring) across the federal government
  • enhance accountability – by simplifying the reporting questionnaire; reducing overlap; and developing government-wide indicators
  • engage the voluntary sector in meaningful discussions about policy and programs, in the true spirit of this historic agreement

Asked what voluntary sector priorities should be, government respondents mentioned such activities as:

  • sharing information on areas of common concern and successful implementation strategies – especially at the grassroots level
  • sharing good practices by putting in place a system to twin organizations that are at different levels in implementing the Accord and Codes
  • providing information-sharing opportunities to discuss good practices with departments
  • supporting voluntary sector organizations in building in-house research and analytical capacity in new strategic areas of work

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