Archived – Program 5: Cost-recovered Statistical Services

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Program description

This activity produces high quality cost-recovered statistical services that meet the needs of specific federal and provincial institutions and other clients. The projects are grouped according to type, with the groupings comprising projects involving Economic and Environmental Statistics, Socio-economic Statistics, the Censuses, Statistical Infrastructure and Internal Services.

Table 1: Financial Resources (Planned Spending - thousands of dollars)This table displays, in thousands of dollars, the total main budgetary expenditure estimates for 2013/2014 and planned spending for 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.
Total Budgetary Expenditures (Main Estimates 2013–2014) Planned Spending 2013–2014 Planned Spending 2014–2015 Planned Spending 2015–2016
0 0 0 0
Table 2: Human Resources (Full-Time Equivalent—FTE)This table displays human resources in full-time equivalents for 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and 2015/2016.
2013–2014 2014–2015 2015–2016
872 872 872

All numbers in the Financial Resources table are presented net of respendable revenue. All numbers in the Human Resources table include FTEs funded by respendable revenue. For information on the Cost-recovered Statistical Services Program, please refer to the supplementary table on the Source of Respendable and Non-respendable Revenue, which can be found on the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat's website at: http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/rpp/2013-2014/info/info-eng.asp.

Table 3: Cost-recovered Services related to Economic and Environmental Statistics: Performance Indicators and TargetsThis table displays the sub-program's expected results, performance indicators and targets, and presents definitions of the performance indicators.
Sub-program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics Volume of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 100
Value of cost-recovery contracts for economic and environmental statistics 23,400,000
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50%
Table 4: Cost-recovered Services related to Socio-economic Statistics: Performance Indicators and TargetsThis table displays the sub-program's expected results, performance indicators and targets, and presents definitions of the performance indicators.
Sub-program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to socio-economic statistics Volume of cost-recovery household surveys and other data development and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada 90
Value of cost-recovery household surveys and other data development and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada 50,600,000
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50%
Table 5: Cost-recovered related to Censuses: Performance Indicators and TargetsThis table displays the sub-program's expected results, performance indicators and targets, and presents definitions of the performance indicators.
Sub-program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to the censuses Volume of cost-recovery projects and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada related to the censuses 5
Value of cost-recovery and analytical projects conducted by Statistics Canada related to the censuses 8,900,000
Percentage of cost-recovery clients that have used Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services previously 50%
Table 6: Cost-recovered Services related to Statistical Infrastructure: Performance Indicators and TargetsThis table displays the sub-program's expected results, performance indicators and targets, and presents definitions of the performance indicators.
Sub-program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets
Government, institutions and private sector clients use the services for data capture and imaging, coding and access to Statistics Canada's microdata files, customized to meet their needs Data capture and coding meet predefined requirements outlined in service level agreements including quality, delivery dates and cost 80%
Number of universities and federal departments receiving access to microdata files 85
Number of microdata files and public use microdata files available in Canadian universities, research data centres and other institutions 2190
Table 7: Cost-recovered Services related to Internal Services: Performance Indicators and TargetsThis table displays the sub-program's expected results, performance indicators and targets, and presents definitions of the performance indicators.
Program
Expected Results
Performance Indicators Targets
Government policy makers use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to Internal Services Products meet predefined requirements outlined in service level agreements including quality, delivery dates and cost 80%

Planning Highlights

By undertaking work on a cost-recovery basis, Statistics Canada fulfills its second strategic outcome, and ensures that data are made available to all Canadians. Key federal departments, such as Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Natural Resources Canada, and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, use Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services related to economic and environmental statistics. These include surveys, microdata linkages, special tabulations, impact studies, and the development of satellite accounts and associated studies. The Centre for Special Business Projects has been created to provide a centre of expertise and coordination in providing cost-recovery services related to business statistics.

Several federal departments also rely on Statistics Canada's cost-recovery services for socio-economic statistics. These include Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, Industry Canada, the Department of Justice, Public Safety Canada, Health Canada, Public Health Agency of Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Canadian Heritage, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, Transport Canada, Infrastructure Canada, and the Department of National Defence as well as provincial and territorial governments. Services used include cost-recovery surveys, microdata linkages, microsimulation modeling, tabulations and feasibility studies. Special Surveys Division is the centre of expertise in coordinating and providing cost-recovery services related to social statistics.

Statistics Canada also works in partnership with other organizations to allow the greatest possible public benefit from the Agency's microdata holdings, while ensuring that the confidentiality of information provided by Canadians is protected. There has been a growing demand from academic and government researchers outside Statistics Canada for access to microdata. In response, Statistics Canada generates a series of microdata products for public use offered through the Data Liberation Initiative and the Access to Public Use Microdata Files project. Senior government officials identified another need for microdata that is not met through public use microdata files or research data centres (RDCs). They require both detailed and relatively fast access to microdata for answering urgent government questions. The Real Time Remote Access program was launched to address this need. This program provides, to authorized government officials, desktop remote access to the detailed microdata files that are held securely within Statistics Canada. Researchers submit code and produce output that is automatically vetted for confidentiality, and then returned as screened, public information to the researcher. Given clear synergies between the Real Time Remote Access project and a corporate initiative to standardize table production for customized tabulation requests through client service areas, these two projects have been joined and a four-year funded project is underway to create the Generalized Tabulation Tool, which will be used by all divisions responsible for producing cost-recovery customized tabulations.

Public use microdata files are made available through the Data Liberation Initiative and the Access to Public Use Microdata Files project. These files continue to be used extensively in post-secondary institutes for teaching and research purposes.

The more detailed microdata files are required for more in-depth research purposes and, because they contain confidential information, they can only be accessed from the RDCs, which are Statistics Canada's secure research facilities, by Statistics Canada's employees or people deemed to be employees for the purposes of the Statistics Act. The program has grown significantly: from 9 RDCs in 2001 to 26 in 2012; from 71 active research projects in 2001 to over 800 in 2012, and from 6 datasets in 2001 to over 150 in 2012. More recently, a new Centre for Data Development and Economic Research has opened in head office to provide access to business microdata to researchers for statistical research purposes. CDER has developed rigorous procedures for assuring the confidentiality of business microdata, while improving Statistics Canada's ability to meet client demands for statistical services.

Planned activity: Deliver the second phase of a corporate Generalized Tabulation Tool

The Generalized Tabulation Tool (GTAB) project was launched to design and implement a generalized tool to support data tabulation. This project is in line with the overall approach to harmonizing business processes across the Social, Health and Labour Statistics Field. The goal is to produce a suite of tools that will serve the needs of the dissemination and client services communities, while also enabling external access to Statistics Canada's microdata through the Real Time Remote Access and potentially using the engine as a vetting tool for RDC researchers.

The GTAB provides an opportunity to address inconsistencies in the standards concerning updating and applying confidentiality rules, which will enable better confidentiality protection in the changing dissemination environment at Statistics Canada.

Specifically
2013–2014

  • Migrate travel surveys to the GTAB system for production testing and releasing new data tables.
  • Develop confidentiality and statistical requirements for administrative data in GTAB.

Planned activity: Restructuring the Research Data Centre information delivery system

A mid- to long-term goal of the RDC program is to move to a centralized thin-client IT infrastructure, which will ensure better control over confidential data and be consistent with activities in other countries such as the United States and New Zealand. To be able to move to a thin-client model, a number of aspects of the operation need to be centralized and standardized. Following the new IM policy, the proposed project will result in one central shared copy of the microdata to meet the specific IM requirement for retaining research data indefinitely. The project will implement confidentiality requirements and automate tasks for the repository by integrating metadata with a centralized active directory managed at head office. At the same time, Statistics Canada will develop and test the thin-client IT infrastructure in a research environment.

Specifically
2013–2014

  • Develop a data registry and a master repository, using standard naming conventions.
  • Develop the base version of the Centralized Data Repository Core Services and Management Tool.
  • Develop metadata elements to support research or maintain linkages with other systems or standards.

Planned activity: Socio-economic Statistics

In 2012, Canada participated in the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, which assessed literacy skills in 22 countries around the world. An international report will be produced in fall 2013. A number of analytical studies of the Canadian data will subsequently be released, focusing on specific themes or segments of the population. Results of the Program for International Student Assessment will also be released.

To respond to government needs, a number of cost-recovery surveys will be conducted in the area of education (e.g., access to education) or economic well-being (e.g., material deprivation), and in the area of health (e.g., mental health, living with a chronic disease). To reduce response burden and provide information at a more granular level, a number of partners have expressed an interest in providing their own administrative files that could be used in conjunction with other administrative data files or surveys to provide information for current policy needs. A record linkage environment for social surveys has been developed and a few pilot projects will be conducted.

Specifically
2013–2014

  • Conduct surveys and microdata linkages in the areas of health, justice, education, labour, social and economic statistics.
  • Conduct microsimulation modeling in the area of demographic statistics.

Planned activity: Economic and Environmental Statistics

Statistics Canada is firmly committed to offering and delivering a wide range of specialized and customized statistical services of high value to its community of clients. The Agency's statistical infrastructure and expertise offer cost-effective solutions to the statistical needs of a wide range of organizations. The Centre for Business Special Projects has been created to provide a centre of expertise and coordination in the provision of cost-recovery services related to business statistics. In addition, the Centre for Data Development and Economic Research has been created to provide controlled access to business microdata for research purposes on a cost-recovery basis.

Some of the linked data set using social data and vital statistics are available in the RDCs. Other organizations, including Canadian Partnership against Cancer and Cancer Care Ontario, and researchers from the academic community also use these services.

The development and publication of satellite accounts and associated studies is an ongoing activity that includes publishing a Tourism Satellite Account and associated data releases, developing a Culture Satellite Account and publishing underground economy estimates. Impact studies based on the input-output model and specialized input-output modeling are also important activities for the branch.

Specifically
2013–2014

  • Conduct impact studies for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for Quebec Regions.
  • Conduct surveys in the areas of energy, agriculture, manufacturing, culture, science and technology.
  • Update and refine the input-output model to incorporate recent changes in the structure of the SNA.
  • Complete feasibility studies on the Culture Satellite Accounts and on provincializing the human resource module of the Tourism Satellite Accounts.

Planned activity: International Statistical Fellowship Program

The International Statistical Fellowship Program is a five-year program led by Statistics Canada and funded by the Canadian International Development Agency to strengthen national statistical systems in developing countries. It helps senior statisticians develop the ability to lead and manage their organizations through enhanced managerial skills and strategic organizational action plans.

The purpose of the International Statistical Fellowship Program is to address identified gaps in the leadership and management of national statistical offices and systems in up to 30 countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The program aims to create capacity that will assist in the production of reliable statistics in participating countries in order to contribute to better evidence-based policy-making; better measurement of development results through statistical measurement of economic and social data; and the development of organizational action plans to apply the learning gained in the training project.

Specifically
2013–2014

  • Continue to deliver the training seminar to the participating countries.
  • Follow up with past participants of the seminar and help them develop specific plans to improve an aspect of their statistical system while enhancing their governance practices.
  • Provide technical assistance to the countries as needed.

Planned activity: Co-operation with China

Following two decades of co-operation with China on technical aspects of their economic and social program to strengthen the survey-taking infrastructure, Statistics Canada will work with them on mutually beneficial cross-cutting activities. The work will concentrate on improving the CBA and setting up the conditions to develop a strong quality management framework.

Specifically
2013–2014

  • Develop the activities related to a memorandum of understanding between the National Bureau of Statistics of China and Statistics Canada.
  • Conduct co-operation missions between the National Bureau of Statistics of China and Statistics Canada.
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