Staffing and Non-partisanship Survey (SNPS)

Detailed information for 2020

Status:

Active

Frequency:

Every 2 years

Record number:

5147

The 2020 Staffing and Non-partisanship Survey (SNPS) is the second cycle of this survey, which is conducted every two years for the Public Service Commission of Canada. The survey targets all departments and agencies under the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA), with no minimum number of employees required.

The SNPS gathers information from employees, managers or supervisors and staffing advisors, on key aspects of the staffing system (e.g., merit). As in previous years, the survey also gathers critical information on employees' understanding of their rights and responsibilities regarding political activities and non-partisanship.

Data release - Scheduled for Summer 2020

Description

The SNPS is an important tool for understanding public servants' perceptions of the federal public service staffing system as well as their awareness of their legal rights and responsibilities regarding political activities.

The information gathered in the survey will be used to identify current and emerging trends at government-wide and organizational levels, to inform potential improvements to staffing policies and practices, and to better target efforts to safeguard non-partisanship within the federal public service.

The survey will provide essential information to managers, human resources advisors and Deputy Ministers to improve staffing within their own organizations, and to the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) on the staffing system as a whole. The information will also be used to support reporting to Parliament via the PSC's Annual Report.

Reference period: Varies

Collection period: March 16 to May 1, 2020

Subjects

  • Government

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The SNPS targets public service employees who are working in federal departments and agencies which fall under the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). The SNPS also targets members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Canadian Armed Forces who have civilian direct reports employed under the PSEA.

Instrument design

The SNPS questionnaire was developed in coordination with the survey sponsor, the Public Service Commission of Canada. The content covers two main themes: organizational staffing practices and policies, and political non-partisanship of the federal public service.

Individual cognitive interviews conducted by the Questionnaire Design Resource Centre of Statistics Canada were used to test the survey content. A total of 24 interviews (12 in English and 12 in French) took place in Ottawa and Gatineau. They were conducted with supervisors and managers, staffing advisors, and employees from several organizations. Participants were asked to go through the questionnaire on a computer screen and to comment and discuss their impressions of the questionnaire.

Sampling

This survey is a census with a cross-sectional design.

The sampling unit is the employee.

The survey frame is made up of all in-scope employees who were on the December 2019 Public Services and Procurement Canada's Incumbent file and all members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who had at least one civil employee reporting to them.

Since the contact information (e-mail address) of federal employees is not available on the Incumbent file, the Public Service Commission of Canada contacted the 76 federal departments in-scope for the survey to request a current list of employees with email, which enabled Statistics Canada to assemble the survey frame.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2020-03-16 to 2020-05-01

Responding to this survey is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

Each person in the survey frame is contacted by e-mail and invited to complete an electronic questionnaire available on the Statistics Canada website. Under some conditions, some employees who do not have an email at work will be invited to participate in the survey by using an Anonymous portal.

During collection, reminder e-mails will be sent on a regular basis to participants who have not submitted their completed electronic questionnaire.

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

To be provided when the data are released.

Imputation

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Estimation

To be provided when the data are released.

Quality evaluation

To be provided when the data are released.

Disclosure control

To be provided when the data are released.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Data accuracy

To be provided when the data are released.

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