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2. The FSDS Management Framework 2013–2016
The Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) Management Framework serves to improve accountability for the FSDS and its Progress Reports. It guides oversight of a complex horizontal initiative involving departments and agencies from across the federal government, and promotes coordination and collaboration among participants.
The Management Framework is a good management practice in that it:
- provides guidelines for managing, monitoring and reporting on the FSDS;
- clarifies the management, reporting and accountability structures required to effectively implement the Act;
- supports the principles of the Management Accountability Framework for modern public service management;
- improves accountability for the FSDS and its Progress Reports;
- guides the gathering of evidence to support potential audits, reviews and evaluations;
- is consistent with international best practices; and
- supports the FSDS system of "Plan, do, check and improve."
To support the Act, the FSDS Management Framework was developed in 2011 to guide the implementation of the FSDS and was included as an annex to the 2011 FSDS Progress Report. This Management Framework supports the implementation of the 2013–2016 FSDS tabled in November 2013. The Management Framework will continue to be revisited with the tabling of every new FSDS.
The updated 2013–2016 FSDS Management Framework includes:
- updated roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of all the participating departments (including voluntary departments), associated central agencies, committees and stakeholders;
- a revised logic model process for the implementiation of the FSDS, with additional context and expected outputs and outcomes that better reflect the purpose of the Act and departmental accountabilities;
- a revised Performance Measurement Framework (Appendix 2) that improves certain indicators and methodologies to measure performance, reflecting lessons learned in 2010–2013;
- a revised engagement and communication approach that guides communications and how stakeholders will be engaged;
- a revised risk management section that identifies key risks for meeting the requirements of the Act; and
- a revised overview of reporting for both the FSDS and departmental sustainable development activities.
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