Newly launched Regina Research Data Centre will help province with policy, programming decisions
New centre helps researchers who want to study data without travelling to Saskatoon, Manitoba
A new research centre at the University of Regina could benefit the entire province of Saskatchewan.
According to Minister of Corrections and Policing Christine Tell, work done at the Regina Research Data Centre at the University of Regina will be used to help create policy and programming.
Tell said the centre will analyze data from the province and Statistics Canada, "so that we're making decisions based on science."
The province is contributing $250,000 per year for five years to the new research facility, according to a news release issued by the Government of Saskatchewan.
Tell said the government will likely be the biggest recipients of data studied at the centre.
"Information is going to be inputted, now we need to take it out and figure out what's the best way to address housing, for instance," Tell said. "You can use any number of different areas of concern in the province and ask for what needs to be done, given the information that's gone into the system."
New centre localizes research
Researchers in Regina will save time because they don't need to commute to Saskatoon or to a similar centre in Manitoba to conduct the kind of research that will be done at the new facility.
"When I joined University of Regina, I had to travel to Saskatoon every other day to do my research," Dr. Harminder Guliani said. "It was time consuming, it was very expensive, and also challenging, and also unsustainable."
Guliani, who studies data related to health and economics, will be using the new centre to study health related surveys as well as looking at data related to maternal and child health.
She said that having a centre like this locally will make it easier to split time between teaching and doing research.