The Conference Board of Canada has just issued its statement into the three IP reports that it recalled last month after acknowledging concerns involving plagiarism. The statement admits just about all the allegations that were raised on my blog and in the media:
Plagiarism did occur, and it wasn’t detected due to insufficient oversight of this project. The evidence indicates there was undue reliance on feedback from a funder who was deemed to have important technical expertise. We failed to seek similar feedback from a broad range of stakeholders. The report relied heavily on too few sources and lacked sufficient balance. Moreover, the reports did not follow our internal quality review process. Overall, there was inadequate monitoring of this entire project.
The Conference Board has now contracted with Ruth Corbin to redo the reports, which will be presented to a multi-stakeholder roundtable in the fall.