National Archives of the Netherlands (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science)

Appraisal policy & objectives


External accountability, historical & cultural importance, and business management considerations all play an important role in the archival appreciation process. More can be read about this in ‘Appreciation and appraisal: what does it involve?
These different considerations are distinct, but related. For example, a core function for a government organisation - such as the production of a regulatory or policy document - is often also important for external accountability. And what is of importance in the short term in terms of accountability is often also important in the longer term for historical research. However, that doesn’t mean that we can immediately simply select everything that may be important for future historical research, and it remains important to consider all three perspectives in conducting archival appreciation:

  • conduct of business
  • external accountability
  • historical and cultural importance

The development of a retention schedule must include evaluation all of these interests in a triangular consultation involving representatives for each perspective.