Freedom of information research
Research investigating the true costs associated with responding to FOI requests within seven UK HE institutions
1 year and 2 months
Ended 4 Mar 2013100%
About the project
In March 2012 Jisc infoNet published the findings of a research project which had tracked in detail the total costs associated with responding to 37 requests received under the Freedom of Information Act by seven institutions during the month of January 2012.
Following on from the success of phase one we repeated the project, but this time capturing 100 requests over a five month period to give us a much larger and more representative dataset regarding the true total costs associated with responding to an FOI request.
The results from phase two allowed us, for the first time, to see the impact of requests on different functions within the institution: revealing some interesting and potentially significant results.
The headline figure, however, is that according to this research it currently costs £144.93 per FOI request for an institution to respond to each request it receives.
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This project ran until spring 2013