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The York RDC Opens

Perhaps the biggest news for us, and researchers near the York University campus, is the opening of the York RDC, a branch of the Toronto RDC, in March of this year. Mike Ornstein, Director of the Institute for Social Research, did a great job of bringing the York RDC into existence, and it has quickly become home to over 25 projects. Mike was at the original meetings when the RDC Program was first being discussed, and has also been on the Toronto RDC Steering Committee since the beginning, so it was natural that his interest in the RDC Program should result in a brand-new branch.

Staff Changes
Tina Hotton Mahony, Analyst at the Toronto RDC since our inception, has taken a year-long position at the McMaster RDC (but will return, she insists!). She'll be greatly missed while she's working in Hamilton.

Also greatly missed is Isobel Medel, our Administrative Assistant, who is in Africa doing good works until August. Christine Joo, a recent graduate of the UofT, is very capably filling in for her for the summer.

Welcome Christine, and see you soon Tina and Isobel!

Number of New Projects
Reached 64 in 2008 alone
As noted in our 2008 Annual Report, the number of projects started at the Toronto RDC skyrocketed in 2008, reaching 64 new projects in 2008 -- the highest number of projects yet.

At the end of 2008, we had a grand total of 135 current projects, while Toronto RDC researchers had completed 176 projects by that time.

Toronto RDC Projects

Census Conference
2009 Research Data Center Conference
The Cornell RDC, on behalf of the New York Census Research Data Center (NYCRDC) consortium and the Census Research Data Center Program, welcomes proposals to present papers and posters based on current or recent projects carried out in a U.S. or Canadian Research Data Center or using confidential Census Bureau data. Graduate students are encouraged to apply. The 2009 Research Data Center Conference will be held October 5-6, 2009 at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, and is hosted by the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER), home of the Cornell RDC. Registration is required to attend, but registration is free (with lunch included). Deadline for proposals is August 1, 2009.

Further details on conference logistics, hotels, and the program will be circulated and posted on the NYCRDC website.

Applied Multilevel and Latent Variable Modeling Workshop at NC State University
This 3-day workshop is designed for the researcher who wishes to expand their statistical toolkit to include advanced modeling techniques but who may feel intimidated by statistics or may not have the time or resources to devote to a week long class. The 3-day workshop is divided into two different but complementary workshops: the first day and a half focuses on Multilevel Modeling and the second day and a half focuses on structural equation modeling including confirmatory factor analysis and latent growth curve modeling. Both workshops will be conducted in computer labs and consist of lecturing and hands-on practice with running models. The overarching goal of both classes is straightforward and pragmatic: You will learn when, why, and how to do each of the analyses using your own data. The workshop will be held in the Psychology Department of the North Carolina State University from August 10 to 12, 2009. More information can be found on the workshop's website.

Introductory SAS Workshop
Each spring and fall, the Toronto RDC provides a introduction to SAS in a 3-hour workshop. This workshop is meant to help current researchers at the RDC acquaint or re-acquaint themselves with the SAS programming language. In this workshop, the basics of the SAS programming language will be covered, including creating variables, reading in raw text files, modifying SAS data sets, and merging SAS data sets. Most recently, a section on group processing has been expanded and made much more interactive. Find out more on our Events page on our website.

New Journal from Statistics Canada
"Survey Methodology" hits the stands, and the Internet
This new journal publishes articles dealing with various aspects of statistical development relevant to a statistical agency, such as design issues in the context of practical constraints, use of different data sources and collection techniques, total survey error, survey evaluation, research in survey methodology, time series analysis, seasonal adjustment, demographic studies, data integration, estimation and data analysis methods, and general survey systems development. The emphasis is placed on the development and evaluation of specific methodologies as applied to data collection or the data themselves. Journal subscriptions, plus free links to all the journal's content, can be found on the Survey Methodology page on the Statistics Canada website.

Our core data holdings
The following are some of the core RDC Program datasets available to RDC Researchers:

Aboriginal People’s Survey (APS) 2001 and 2006
The Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS) provides data on the social and economic conditions of Aboriginal people in Canada. Its specific purpose was to identify the needs of Aboriginal people focusing on issues such as health, language, employment, income, schooling, housing, and mobility. The survey was designed and implemented in partnership with national Aboriginal organizations.

Census of Population – 1996, 2001 and 2006
The Census of Population data file consists of responses to the census long form. For each census, two questionnaires are given: the short form and the long form. The short form contains seven questions: the respondent’s name, sex, age, marital and common-law status, family and household relationships and mother tongue. The long form, given to 1 in 5 households, includes the seven questions from the short questionnaire plus 52 additional questions, including a question on religion and new questions on birthplace of parents and language spoken at work. The RDCs now house data from the census long form.

The National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth (NLSCY)
The NLSCY follows the development and well-being of Canadian children from birth to adulthood. It currently consists of 7 cycles with surveys administered every two years.

The National Population Health Survey (NPHS)
The NPHS is a longitudinal survey which collects information related to the health of the Canadian population and related socio-demographic information. The NPHS currently consists of 7 cycles with surveys administered every two years.

Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)
The main objective of the CCHS is to provide timely, consistent, cross-sectional estimates of health determinants, health status, dietary intake, and health system utilization across Canada. The CCHS is a sample survey with a cross-sectional design. There are presently 6 cycles of the CCHS available, each with a different research focus.

The Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics (SLID)
The SLID is a multi-panel longitudinal survey conducted every year. The main objective of the SLID is to study the economic well-being of Canadians over time. It incorporates changes in paid work, family make-up, receipt of government transfers and other factors.

Other datasets include the Ethnic Diversity Survey (EDS), the Longitudinal Survey of Immigrants to Canada (LSIC), the Youth in Transition Survey (YITS), the Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS), the Workplace and Employee Survey (WES), the National Graduates Survey (NGS), and the Canadian General Social Surveys (GSS).

The RDC Program’s listing of core datasets is always available on the Statistics Canada website.

RDC Proposal Submission Process
How to apply to be able to conduct research at the Toronto RDC
To access the RDC, researchers must submit a project proposal to a review committee operating under the auspices of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada.

The proposal process is done through an on-line application system on Statistics Canada's website.

For more information on the Toronto RDC and how to apply for access, please visit our website.

Please note that the RDC Program facilitates the use of master data sets. If you require public use files, please consult your local Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) representative.

Once your proposal has been accepted, you will be invited to the Toronto RDC. Here, you will receive an orientation on how research is best conducted here, your security pass, a locker for your project’s research materials if required, and a tour of our facilities including a Conference Room where you can meet with your project members and/or advisors, and our Internet Room where you are free to check email or search for and print articles.

Contact Us
All of our current contact information
For further information on the Toronto RDC or on any other item in this newsletter, please contact:

Toronto RDC
130 St. George St., Room 7032
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 1A5
Phone: 416-946-8105
Fax: 416-946-8104