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Centre for Health Economics and Policy Analysis


Using Statistics Canada microdata for health policy research

06 Mar 2017

Researchers and decision-makers increasingly need up-to-date and detailed microdata information at the individual business, household or personal level to be able to respond to current needs and to anticipate future trends in Canadian society.

Data collected by Statistics Canada provides a rich source of this information to support and inform policy decisions and research initiatives. The Research Data Centre (RDC) at McMaster houses a large inventory of Statistics Canada’s microdata 'master files', many of which are appropriate for health policy research.

Mustafa Ornek, PhD, and Vivek Jadon, both representatives of Statistics Canada’s Microdata Access Division, will explain the resources available at McMaster for conducting research using Statistics Canada microdata (and how to use them) at a CHEPA seminar on Weds. March 15 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CRL-B119.

Ornek, Data Analyst at the centre and a graduate of the Health Policy PhD program, will describe the RDC and its data holdings. Jadon, Data Specialist in the Maps/Data/GIS department at McMaster’s Mills Library, will describe access to Public Use Meta Files and explain the differences between those and the master files in the RDC.  

The speakers say they will leave time for a Q&A session at the end of their presentation, where research possibilities using microdata can be discussed in detail.

As part of his role as Data Specialist, Jadon is the University’s administrator for Statistics Canada’s Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) program. The DLI program provides access to a large collection of Public Use Microdata Files and to a special collection of aggregate data tables. He is also the official representative for the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). ICPSR maintains and provides access to a vast archive of social science data for research and instruction.

Jadon is currently involved in building awareness and promoting activities and services for Research Data Management (RDM) across McMaster.

Ornek earned both a Master's and a Bachelor's degree in international economics and finance from Ryerson University, and is a graduate of McMaster’s Health Policy PhD program.

If you are unable to attend the seminar in person you are welcome to participate remotely online, using WebEx.  If it is your first time using WebEx, you must first set up your computer by clicking here and following the instructions. Once you’ve set it up you won’t need to do it again for future seminars.

After you’ve set up your computer, click here to participate in the seminar. The meeting password is: chepaseminar

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