The Data Access Support Hub (DASH) aims to provide a one-stop data access service for researchers requiring multi-jurisdictional data in Canada. Researchers are welcome to browse the DASH website anytime for resources on datasets available across partner data centres, and data access processes across data centres.
If the researcher's multi-jurisdictional data need can be met solely by pan-Canadian data assets held at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) or at Statistics Canada (STATCAN), please proceed directly to CIHI’s Make a Data Request page or STATCAN's Access to Microdata page.
Considerations for Research Study Design
Work is currently underway to streamline approaches to data access and sharing across Canada for research purposes. However, there are a number of challenges that researchers should be aware of when developing a research study in our current environment, to ensure that the study design is feasible when it comes to data sharing, linkages and analysis of study data. Click here for more information on these research study design considerations and how DASH can help.
Informed Consent Wording Guidelines for Administrative Data Linkage
HDRN Canada has prepared a guided resource for researchers on informed consent wording for administrative data linking. Click here to view the document.
Researchers who are interested in using the DASH data access service can follow these easy steps:
Phase 1: Intake Form
|Requestor creates a DASH account.|
|Requestor completes and submits an intake form.|
|DASH coordinates consultations between requestor and data centres as required.|
|DASH confirms eligibility and feasibility of the request and develops cost estimate.|
|DASH prepares consolidated DASH eligibility and feasibility confirmation letter and cost estimate and sends to Requestor.|
|Requestor accepts feasibility letter and cost estimate.|
Phase 2: Data Access Request (DAR)
|Requestor completes and submits data access request.|
|DASH forwards data access request to the Data Centres.|
DASH and Data Centres coordinate the following steps across data centres:
Phase 3: Data release and invoicing
|Requestor will access data as per each data centre's access policies and procedures (e.g. remote access to secure analytic environments).|
|Requestor will be invoiced for data and access services as per each data centre's cost recovery policies and procedures.|