Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) training

The SPSD/M is a microsimulation tool specifically designed for analyzing the tax and transfer system in Canada. It is a complex multidisciplinary analytical tool which, while easily used, requires significant experience to master. Statistics Canada is committed to working with licensees of the SPSD/M in order to help them get the maximum benefit from the model and to do so in a flexible way that is most beneficial to individual client's research and personnel needs. The SPSD/M training will assist those interested in analyzing financial interactions of federal/provincial governments and individuals in Canada. To this end we have two training options to help develop the knowledge and skills to effectively employ the model and provide advice on how to best apply the SPSD/M to approach your policy research questions.

Target Participants

Individuals who are interested in using microsimulation to analyze Canadian tax and transfer policies. Participants should have some understanding of the Canadian tax and transfer system.

This tool is specifically designed for analyzing the tax and transfer policies in Canada and can't be used to analyze policies for other countries. Please contact us directly if you have questions.

Training seminars

These courses are offered in English and French in Ottawa twice per year. A minimum of participants is required to hold a course (courses will be cancelled if there is not enough registrations less than 10 working days prior to the date of the course). This training can also been given at a client's site if suitable facilities are available.

The next scheduled courses:

Course: Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) Black Box Training
Course Description: Black Box training course (next scheduled course in French)
Language: French
Dates: January 9 & 10, 2020
Location: Ottawa
Course cost: $650.00 for external participants

Course: Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) Glass Box Training
Course Description: Glass Box training course (next scheduled course in French)
Language: French
Dates: February 10, 2020
Location: Ottawa
Course cost: $325.00 for external participants
Prerequisites: Persons planning on attending the seminar should already be familiar with the use of the SPSD/M in Black box mode. They should know how to create new user variables and custom tables at various family levels.

Course: Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) Black Box Training
Course Description: Black Box training course (next scheduled course in English)
Language: English
Dates:  February 3 & 4, 2020
Location: Ottawa
Course cost: $650.00 for external participants

Course: Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M) Glass Box Training
Course Description: Glass Box training course (next scheduled course in English)
Language: English
Dates: February 24, 2020
Location: Ottawa
Course cost: $325.00 for external participants
Prerequisites: Persons planning on attending the seminar should already be familiar with the use of the SPSD/M in Black box mode. They should know how to create new user variables and custom tables at various family levels.

To register, simply send an e-mail message to statcan.spsdm-bdmsps.statcan@canada.ca
(Please note that, generally, our seminars are offered in the spring and fall of each year.)

In-house training

If an organization or individual has either a special project they wish to use the model for, or a specific advanced aspect of model use they wish to master (i.e. stochastic imputation) arrangements can be made for one-on-one training. In most of these cases an analyst works with our microsimulation team in Ottawa. The access to a group of microsimulation and quantitative policy analysis oriented professionals is an added benefit of this type of training. It is also possible for a Statistics Canada microsimulation analyst to visit a client's site. The cost of this service usually starts at $900 per day.

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