Saskatchewan

Newly launched Regina Research Data Centre will help province with policy, programming decisions

A new research centre at the University of Regina could benefit the entire province of Saskatchewan.

New centre helps researchers who want to study data without travelling to Saskatoon, Manitoba

Dr. Harminder Guliani called the Regina Research Data Centre a valuable resource for researchers locally. (Bryan Eneas/CBC News)

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 Regina Research Data Centre is located in Innovation Place, inside of a secure location that lives up to the security standards set out by Statistics Canada. (Bryan Eneas/CBC News)

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."

Minister of Corrections and Policing Christine Tell said the newly opened Regina Research Data Centre will help inform the provincial government ahead of making policy and programming decisions. (Bryan Eneas/CBC News)

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."

The Regina Research Data Centre contains national level micro-data that will help both researchers and the provincial government alike. (Bryan Eneas/CBC News)

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bryan Eneas

Reporter

Bryan Eneas is a journalist from the Penticton Indian Band currently based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Before joining CBC, he reported in central and northern Saskatchewan. Send news tips to Bryan.Eneas@cbc.ca.

Comments

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?

now