Introduction to The Data Innovation Program for Academic Researchers

1:00 pm to 2:00pm PST

The Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Citizens' Services, in partnership with Population Data BC, recently launched the Data Innovation Program for academic researchers, allowing access to cross-sector data from multiple provincial ministries and organizations for the first time.

The Data Innovation Program (DI Program) is a data integration and analytics program for government analysts and academic researchers. While every BC ministry and broader public sector organization collects and manages its own data, the DI Program securely links and de-identifies cross sector data for a better understanding of BC's complex issues. The Program supports population-level analysis (not individual- or case-level analysis), unlocking the potential for new insights that can lead to better programs and services for British Columbians.

With over 20 years of experience in providing data access to Canadian researchers, PopData is a partner in the DI Program, providing services related to data linkage, project and data management, and a secure virtual research environment.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Program and partnership, outline the data available, the access process and end with a Q and A session.

View recorded presentation below.



Brittany DeckerBrittany Decker is the Director of Client Engagement and Service Delivery in the BC Government’s Office of the Chief Information Officer’s Digital Platforms and Data Division. The Digital Platforms and Data Division (DPDD) provides corporate leadership, policy development and key programs and services and that enable government and the public to make informed, evidence-based decisions. She works with both the DataBC and Data Innovation Programs both of which are focused on the collection, integration, access and analysis of public sector  as well as the implementation of the Province’s open data initiative and Provincial Data Strategy, which Brittany is the co-product owner for.

Kim McGrailKim McGrail is a Professor in the UBC School of Population and Public Health and Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Director of Research for UBC Health, and Scientific Director of Population Data BC and Health Data Research Network Canada.

Her research interests are quantitative policy evaluation and all aspects of population data science. Kim is Deputy Editor of the International Journal of Population Data Science, the 2009-10 Commonwealth Fund Harkness Associate in Health Care Policy and Practice, 2016 recipient of the Cortlandt JG Mackenzie Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2017 recipient of a UBC award for Excellence in Clinical or Applied Research, and in 2019-2020 participated as a member of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research Task Force on AI4Health.

She holds a PhD in Health Care and Epidemiology from the University of British Columbia, and a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Michigan.


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