About the Projects

The following projects have been approved for access to data within the Data Innovation Program. To be approved, projects must meet the strict conditions detailed in the program’s privacy and security framework. All projects are using de-identified, population-level data.

Projects in the Data Innovation Program

Ministry of Children and Family Development

In Care Network for Children and Youth in Care
The Ministry of Children and Family Development is undertaking an integrated data project to better understand the needs of children and youth under the guardianship of the Ministry, now and in the future. Descriptive statistics derived from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education data will be used to provide insight on children and youth’s needs. This insight will subsequently be used to better support populations of children and youth while they are in care by providing better informed services and supports, as well as improving access to appropriate services, where and when they are needed.

Lead: Scott MacIsaac, A/Manager, Economic Analysis and Research, Ministry of Children and Family Development

Linked datasets:

  • Ministry of Health (General Practitioners and Specialists, Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and Prescriptions)
  • Ministry of Education (K-12 Education)
  • Ministry of Children and Family Development (Children and Youth in Care)

Ministry of Citizens' Services

Insights for enhancing policy and services for children and youth who experience mental health problems
The Ministry of Citizens’ Service and the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions are undertaking a cross-government partnership to use integrated data to understand population-level patterns in how children and youth who experience mental health challenges access services across government and how those services affect them into adulthood. 

Lead: Dan MacKenzie, Director of Data Insights, Digital Platforms and Division, Ministry of Citizens' Services

Linked datasets:

  • Ministry of Health (General Practitioners and Specialists, Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and Prescriptions)
  • Ministry of Education (K-12 Education)
  • Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General (Adult Corrections)
  • Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (Employment and Income Assistance)

 

Ministry of Education

Linking K-12 education to adult outcomes

The Ministry of Education is undertaking a series of research projects to understand how a student’s experience in school (kindergarten to grade 12) impacts their life afterwards, such as interacting with labour market programming or apprenticeship training. At a glance, the path looks different for everybody. But can a pattern be found in how students experience K-12 and their outcomes as adults? In this project, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General seek to understand population-level patterns between students’ demographics and educational experience (including academic performance and attendance) and their later-in-life outcomes, starting with time spent in the corrections system. If a pattern does emerge from the data, it may be possible for educators and policy-makers to put supports, resources and services in place to better help direct students/children to a healthier path in life, away from the criminal justice system.

The project team includes staff from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.

Lead: Brett Wilmer, Director, Education Economics Branch, Ministry of Education

Linked datasets:

  • Ministry of Education (K-12 Education)
  • Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General (Adult Corrections)

Identification of students with special needs by schools and healthcare data
The Ministry of Education is undertaking an integrated data project to investigate the relationship between a school districts’ special needs diagnosis and students’ administrative health records. Insights from this study will benefit the public by informing whether predictive insight into the incidence of new students coming into the education system with special needs is available through using administrative data from the health system.

Lead: Brett Wilmer, Director, Education Economics Branch, Ministry of Education

Linked datasets:

  • Ministry of Health (General Practitioners and Specialists, Hospitals, and Prescriptions)
  • Ministry of Education (K-12 Education)

Ministry of Health 

Health Trajectories
The Ministry of Health is undertaking an integrated data project that examines the relationship between citizens’ characteristics at birth and educational attainment. The findings of this work will help inform decisions on health intervention policies to better support at risk children and youth.

Lead: William Warburton, contractor, Ministry of Health

Linked datasets:

  • Ministry of Health (General Practitioners and Specialists, Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and Prescriptions)
  • Ministry of Education (K-12 Education)

Ministry of Social Development 

Basic Income Study
The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction is undertaking an integrated data project to characterize the income, health and other outcomes for groups in or near poverty. The data will also be used to examine the effectiveness of previous policies in BC that share elements of a basic income.

Lead: Robert Bruce, Executive Director, Research Branch, Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction

Linked datasets:

  • Ministry of Health (General Practitioners and Specialists, Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and Prescriptions)
  • Ministry of Education (K-12 Education)
  • Ministry of Children and Family Development (Children and Youth in Care)
  • Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General (Adult Corrections)
  • Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction (Employment and Income Assistance)
  • Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training (Labour Market Programming)