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Departmental Performance Report 2012-13

Internal Audits and Evaluations

Internal Audits (current reporting period)


Name of Internal Audit Internal Audit Type Status Completion Date

Audit of the Canada Research Chairs Program
(carry-over audit from 2011-12) 

Transfer payment program Completed December 2012

Audit of Information Technology Security
(joint audit with NSERC)
(carry-over audit from 2011-12) 

Information technology security Completed September 2012
Audit of Procurement and Contracting Management (joint audit with NSERC) Procurement/ contracting Completed March 2013

Audit of the Policy on Internal Control
(joint audit with NSERC)

Internal controls Completed March 2013

Audit of Change Management
(joint audit with NSERC)

Business management Delayed*  

Audit of Budget Management
(joint audit with NSERC)

Financial management Completed**  

Audit of SSHRC Appeals Process
(this audit was initiated due to the deferment, noted above, of other audits)

SSHRC appeals process In progress December 2013 (planned)

* Most of the change management components are still in development or in early stages of implementation, and hence it was too early to be audited.

** The proposed audit was modified to a progress assessment of the financial management framework as advice to management.

All audit reports are or will be posted in the Reports and Publications section of SSHRC’s website.

Evaluations (current reporting period)


Name of Evaluation Program Status Completion Date
Canada Excellence Research Chairs Evaluation 1.1.1 Canada Research Chairs In progress March 2014
Canada Graduate Scholarships Evaluation 1.1.2 Canada Graduate Scholarships In progress March 2014
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships Evaluation 1.1.3 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships In progress January 2014
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowships Program Evaluation 1.1.5 SSHRC Doctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships Completed April 2012
SSHRC’s Knowledge Mobilization Evaluation 1.3.1 Individual, team and partnership knowledge mobilization grants Pending approval of report August 2013
College and Community Innovation Program Evaluation 1.3.1 Individual, team and partnership knowledge mobilization grants Completed February 2013
SSHRC Prizes and Special Fellowships Evaluation 1.3.2 Research-based knowledge culture Completed September 2012
Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research Evaluation 1.3.3 Networks of Centres of Excellence Completed June 2012

Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence Program Evaluation

1.3.3 Networks of Centres of Excellence Completed April 2012
Indirect Costs Program Evaluation 2.1 Indirect Costs of Research In progress March 2014

All evaluation reports are or will be posted in the Reports and Publications section of SSHRC’s website.