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December 2021 Newsletter

Thank you and happy holidays

The next step in our federal funding renewal applications takes place next month, as the CRDCN team will meet with an international peer review committee to review our applications to CFI, SSHRC and CIHR. A final decision on funding will be made in June 2022.  

As you may know, we have requested increased support to allow for the transformative growth of the CRDCN, stemming from the introduction of dual (RDC and remote) access to the Statistics Canada microdata, the accelerated flow of new and rich data files, and the expansion of the Network’s collaborative research, training and knowledge mobilization programs.  

Members of our research community like yourself have been very helpful throughout this process, providing input at our town halls and through our survey. For this assistance we are truly grateful. 

We are also thankful for the ongoing and strong support from all our partner institutions, departments and organizations. 

Lastly, the CRDCN team would like to everyone a very happy holiday season and all the best for 2022. 

National Policy Challenge finalists announced

CRDCN, in partnership with SAS Institute Canada and Statistics Canada, is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2022 cycle of the National Policy Challenge!  

Seven individual finalists and one team were selected to be a part of this cycle, and will be presenting their findings at the Government Analytics Leadership Forum on May 4, 2022. The finalists will be competing for First ($1,500), Second ($1,000), Third ($500) and Policy Pitch ($250) prizes.  

Our finalists are:  
  • Michelle Aktary, University of Calgary  
  • Patrick Duong, University of Ottawa  
  • Jennifer Frimpong, University of Manitoba  
  • Samer Hamamji, University of Toronto  
  • Angèle Lucie Poirier, University of Regina  
  • El Zahraa Majed, Queen’s University  
  • Samantha Skinner, Western University  
  • Team of Adam Morse, Jessica Lachance and Ryan Chan, Western University  
Stay tuned for updates on how to attend the challenge and see their findings! 

Researcher survey update

Recently, RDC users received an email with a link to complete this year’s researcher survey. Your response is absolutely crucial to the CRDCN, as survey responses represent a major data source in reporting the Network’s progress and success to our funding partners. We rely on their continued support to be able to keep the Network functioning and to support activities at Research Data Centres across Canada, and also ensure ongoing use of the RDCs for researchers like you.

Please keep an eye out for this link (including in junk folders) and kindly provide your responses by February 2022. 

CRDCN 101 – Six slides for the classroom

CRDCN has created six slides to provide students with information about the RDC on campus and the kinds of microdata available. Slide 5 is where you can add contact and location information about your local RDC and data librarian. If there is other material that you would find useful in the classroom, please let us know.  

Research funding announcement from ISC and Statistics Canada

The CRDCN, in collaboration with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) and Statistics Canada, is happy to announce that research funding has been granted to 13 projects conducted by early-career researchers interested in studying the Aboriginal Peoples Survey (2017). A full list of recipients and more information can be found here on our website.

LEER Conference call for papers

Any researchers interested in taking part in the 7th LEER Conference on Education Economics 2022 are invited to answer the call for papers.

The conference takes place March 31-April 1, 2022 in Leuven, Belgium, and is looking to explore the use of economic and econometric techniques to study educational issues.

The conference will include oral and poster presentations. Researchers interested in taking part should send a minimum 200-300 structured abstract to ann.vanespen@kuleuven.be by January 14, 2022.

Welcome our new Director of Communications and Engagement

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michèle Anderson as the CRDCN’s new Director of Communications and Engagement, effective January 10, 2022.  

Michèle comes to the network with a strong background in communications and research, including several years with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada. 

Michèle is looking forward to joining the CRDCN central staff, but is also eager to engage with the national RDC network, the Board of Directors and the Academic Directors, as well. 

Welcome, Michèle! 

CRDCN research-policy snapshots

CRDCN research-policy snapshots are one-page summaries of policy reports and published research to showcase and extend the reach of the work of the CRDCN research community. Permanent identifiers are being added to the snapshots to aid policy colleagues in finding and citing the work undertaken by researchers.

Snapshots will be produced in the same language as the original report or article (French language snapshots for policy reports and articles published in French language journals will be produced in collaboration with QICSS).

Please contact Peri Abdullah if you are interested in having your published research and/or policy reports featured in a CRDCN research-policy snapshot. 
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