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A list of the data sources and collection tools that were proposed in the evaluation tools described above follows. The sources are described in terms of their feasibility.

Data sources/collection tools


Organizations’ administrative records The administrative records of community organizations are the preferred source for data and are easy to use, but difficult to set up and keep updated. Record-keeping procedures are not consistent across the different organizations. When records are inaccessible or unreliable, interviews or surveys have to be used.
Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre administrative records
Government records The records of these institutions are more current, but may also have reliability issues, and are difficult to access.
Health institutions’ administrative records
School records
Reception office records The records of the immigration reception office present a particular problem, that of collecting data not only on the people who request service from the office, but also on immigrants as a whole. Resources would have to be invested to monitor and document the entire immigration process.
Literature review The study of literature may include many types of documents, such as study reports, organization and institution reports, minutes of meetings, plans, information brochures, etc.
Census statistics A wide range of data is compiled in the census, but an effort must be made to use what has been published or is accessible at a lower cost. In this regard, the RDÉE6 and Canadian Heritage7 profiles are of interest.
Organizational survey Surveys are a very reliable method for gathering quantifiable data on opinions and perceptions. If the target population (youth, organization directors, leaders, public servants, etc.) habitually uses the Internet, online surveys are very efficient and cost effective. If the target population is too broad (Francophones), using surveys may be too complex or expensive.
Community leader survey
Public Service survey
French-speaking immigrant survey
Francophone population survey
Interviews with health care authorities Interviews based on a questionnaire can be used to gather facts and opinions when the target population is not too large.
Interviews with organization officials
Interviews with government authorities


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7 Canadian Heritage, Highlights: Profiles of Official Language Minority Communities.

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