Guides & Documentation
The Research Data Centres (RDCs) provide a rich source of Statistics Canada microdata for researchers, under secure conditions that govern all aspects of work from data access to publication of analytical output.These secure conditions are outlined in the Researcher guidelines.
- Guide for researchers under agreement with Statistics Canada [PDF - 147kB]. This guide describes the legal obligations, procedures and policies that apply to RDC researchers.
- Guideline for RDC Research Papers. These guidelines describe the publishing process and policies, including peer review.
The Information and Technical Bulletin (ITB) provides a new forum for RDC researchers to exchange practical information and techniques for analyzing datasets available at the RDCs. It is released in the spring and autumn of each year.
Statistics Canada's periodicals and analytical products
Statistics Canada publishes a variety of analyses in its periodicals and analytical series. These analyses cover a broad range of social and economic topics, and some use the same datasets that are available within the Research Data Centres.
Survey specific tools for writing proposals
- The National Longitudinal Survey for Children and Youth (NLSCY) provides checklists for writing papers for projects using NLSCY data [PDF - 22kB]. These documents outline several methodological-related issues that users and prospective users of the NLSCY may wish to consider.
- Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS): "APS 2001: Guidelines for researchers and analysts" may be helpful for researchers preparing proposals to use the APS file.
- Data sources on transitions and learning outcomes [PDF - 233kB] presents a list of social surveys that could be used to conduct research on learning. This document may be useful for researchers in identifying social data sources that best match their proposed research questions on learning and education.