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Outcomes are sometimes referred to as disposal classes. Essentially, an outcome is where a retention period is attached to a function and activity i.e. this is where the record belongs in the classification scheme, this is how long it needs to be retained for, based on this date event and what needs to happen when this date is reached.

Patterns and Outcomes are not actively used in RecordPoint until it is used within a rule.

Search for Outcomes

To manage large sets of outcomes, use the search control at the top right of the Outcomes page to filter the list of Outcomes. This search control can filter by Title, Classification, Disposal Class Number, Disposal Class Description or Disposal Class Trigger Date.

Create an Outcome

To create an Outcome in RecordPoint:

  1. From the Rules menu, select Outcomes
  2. Select Add New Item
  3. Populate the Outcome form
    • TitleProvide a title for the outcome. Try and use a descriptive title as it will help with identification when creating rules. Tip Use the classification, action, retention period and disposal class number (as per example 1)
    • ClassificationSelect the classification given to records using this Record Class. Use the Browsing Icon on the right hand side to select a valid classification. Note: Classification must have already been created in the term store.
    • Disposal Class Number: Provide the disposal class number
    • Disposal Class Description: Provide the disposal class description (not mandatory). These are sometimes referred to as scope notes.
    • Disposal Class Period: Provide the retention period or the period for which this disposal class applies. Note: If retention is keep permanently, populate this field with '0'
    • Disposal Class Unit: Provide the period unit used for the disposal class Note: If retention is to keep permanently then select 'None'
    • Disposal Class Type:  Leave disposal class type as “calculated”
    • Disposal Class ActionSelect a disposal class action (destroy, keep permanently, transfer, review). This action will be applied to records using the specified disposal class.
    • Disposal Class Trigger Date: Specify the name of the field used to calculate the disposal date. Definition: Trigger dates are utilized by RecordPoint to calculate retention periods for disposal/transfer/review. These date fields can be system generated for custom, to meet individual retention requirements. Examples of trigger dates include: Date created, date last modified, claim date and business closure. Note: If retention is to keep permanently then leave this field blank.
      Keep Permanently example
  4. Click Save


  1. Financial Management – Accounting – Destroy – 5 years –Date Created
    This means the disposal class outcome of files in the term group Financial Management and term set Account will be destroyed 5 years from the specified trigger date ‘Date Created’.
  2. Legal Services – Advice – Review – 7 years – Last Modified

Where possible, system generated dates should be used, as these do not place any additional responsibility on the user.

For example, if retention on a given record is calculated based on business closure, it is not possible to capture this automatically. Subsequently, in order for retention to be calculated the business closure date would need to be entered when this event occurred.

However, even in these circumstances, RecordPoint will still capture, classify and apply a retention schedule to the record as soon as it is added to the system, regardless of the existence of a trigger date

Examples of good practice in defining outcomes

 ClassificationRetention Authority Number Trigger Date Action Scope Notes

Policy – Agency Wide Policy – 13.1.1

Keep Permanently




Records documenting a policy, including its formulation, or   functional activities, strategic planning and management matters affecting   the whole agency.

Policy – Procedures – 13.3.1

7 Years




 Records of an agency’s procedures including manuals, handbooks, directives etc

 Contracting – Out – Contracts – 3.3.1

Keep Permanently




 Summary records for all contracts managed by an agency. Includes   contract registers and systems.