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1 Data Access and Data Use: the Missing Link? Elizabeth Hamilton University of New Brunswick Chuck Humphrey University of Alberta Data and Knowledge Transfer Research

2 The Story of a DLI Exercise that just wouldn’t stop… Project Background NPHS and Research Findings The Missing Link Solutions: DLI as PIs

3 Project Background Post-Atlantic 2001 DLI workshop, started building a database of research outcomes Did some preliminary analysis in July 2001 and shared our initial findings at the DLI EAC meeting in October 2001 and at CAPDU in May 2002 June 2002 updated the database and expanded the search of grey literature

4 The Findings Evidence about research outcomes – Developed an article-based component Grouped literature into two categories: – government publications and academic/professional publications Identified files using : – general, health, both general & health, and institutional Identified samples using : – cross-sectional, longitudinal, both, or share – Developed the grey literature component Contains presentations, theses, grants, reports, chapters in books and books

5 This is a Good News Story Evidence from NPHS research outcomes shows a wide range of knowledge transfer. And it just keeps getting better! NPHS Use: what did we find?  477 Items identified  310 Primary authors  242 Articles discovered  91 Journals/periodicals listed  70 Presentations tracked  59 Grants identified  25 Theses/dissertations  26 Conference papers  31 Reports

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10 Success Factors? Evidence from the “life cycle” stages of the NPHS reveals best practices in facilitating research and knowledge transfer – A dissemination strategy that included public use microdata files and a publishing plan (e.g., use of Health Reports to publish findings)dissemination – Detailed documentation to assist with the secondary use of the data – Extensive consultations with user communities – Reassessment of information needs

11 A Continuum of Access to Statistics Canada Products Service: Statistics Canada Website Depository Service Program Data Liberation Initiative Product Sales & Customized Tabulations Remote Job Submission Research Data Centres Who is eligible: General public General public through DSP libraries Post-secondary academic staff & students Individuals or organizations Researchers with accepted proposals Approved researchers Under what conditions: Available on the Internet at Available on site Restricted to teaching and research purposes Contract between STC and individual or organization Arrangement between STC & researcher SSHRC peer review & deemed STC employee status Products: - The Daily - Canadian Statistics - Census - Statistical profiles of Canadian communities - Downloadable publications - Paper publications - Electronic publications, including priced down-loadable publications & select CDs Standard data products: aggregate databases, public use microdata files, and geography files Tables from confidential files that are specially processed by STC for a fee; also access to specialized databases “Dummy” or synthetic files to build analysis setups that must then be submitted to STC for processing Confidential data files from the longitudinal surveys begun in the 1990’s, such as the NPHS, SLID, NLSCY Notes: Warning: some services on the web site are fee-based Some DSP libraries provide off-site access to authenticated users Interface to CANSIM I and Trade Analyzer available through CHASS (University of Toronto) Specialized databases include CANSIM II and the Trade Analyzer Available for only select surveys; this service most developed for the NPHS Applications can be submitted through the SSHRC web site

12 The Missing Link So, why, in the latest issue of Data Crunch, do we have the list of surveys for which a public use microdata file will not be produced, including: NPHS Health Institutions, cycle 3 National Graduate Survey follow-up WES?

13 The Missing Link Wait—we must be missing something. We know that data access promotes data use, and that dissemination decisions at the outset are key…so what’s the problem?

14 The Missing Link Confidentiality and increasing sophistication of files? Other options provide a back door for elite researchers and/or an inexpensive solution (Remote “Access”, RDCs, increased aggregate data)? Decision to produce PUMFS not always STC decision? We’ll let Mike, Mario and Michel help us on this one…but what is our role?

15 DLI Contacts as PIs Findings from DLI Atlantic Training Incentive survey: Teaching and DLI Products – Individual research papers using wide variety of files – Class assignments focussed on a single file, multiple use – Broad spectrum of DLI products (pumfs for secondary analysis, methodology research; time series; aggregate data and databases)

16 DLI Contacts as PIs Findings from DLI Atlantic Training Incentive survey: Research and DLI Products Articles/books Grant preparation and major research projects Theses and dissertations

17 DLI Contacts as PIs We know the importance of equal, accessible data We see the use We can communicate with STC and funding departments on value gained by access investment

18 It is an enterprise where everyone should get prizes!!!! We CAN All Win!


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