Linking administrative records can yield invaluable insights into people’s health and social circumstances, not to mention the systems and environments in which they live. But since these data were not collected for research purposes, gaining these insights can be challenging. Dr. Elizabeth Wall-Wieler, Canada Research Chair in Population Data Analytics and Data Curation, is trying to overcome this hurdle.
She and her research team are curating data to make it easier for researchers from different fields to use the information to identify inequalities. They are also analyzing the data to better understand the link between women’s reproductive and mental health. Ultimately, they hope the insights they gain will ensure that data from administrative records can be used to improve people’s lives.