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Self-Assessment Module 1 -
Responding on Time

This module focuses on helping your authority meet its duty to respond to FOI requests and reviews within 20 working days. By meeting the timescales, right first time, every time, public trust will increase and your authority will reduce the risks of extra work associated with late responses (reviews and appeals).


Module content

The module looks at the following areas of practice:

  • Authority culture - Do leaders and managers set targets for response times, do they make sure there are enough resources to meet them?
  • Tracking, monitoring and reporting performance - How is performance against timescales reported? What happens when business areas don't comply?
  • Knowledge and awareness - Is everyone clear it's their responsibility to meet the statutory timescales?
  • Policies and procedures - Are your systems up to scratch? Is there action to resolve delays to prevent late responses?

Module resources

Download Description of contents / purpose

How to carry out an FOI self-assessment

Our detailed guide to completing the five self-assessment stages of a module.

Module 1 Standards and Criteria

  • Introduction to this module
  • Expected outcomes and legal context
  • Characteristics of excellent practice for this module
  • Ratings and evaluation criteria

Module 1 Assessment Questions and Evidence Grid

Workbook of module questions, with sections to record evidence, strengths and areas for improvement

Summary of Findings

A form to record the assessment findings and give your authority a performance rating for this module.

Improvement Action Plan

A form to plan actions to improve performance


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