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Concept: Education Data

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Concept Description

Last Updated: 2014-07-18


    This concept contains a description of what Education data is; a description of how the Education data can be analyzed; a link to the MCHP Data repository web page that lists the Education data sets in the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) Data Repository; and a select list of MCHP publications that have used the Education data in their study.

What is Education Data ?

    Education data includes provincial and local administrative data from agencies such as Manitoba Education and Red River College. The education data in the MCHP Data Repository contain de-identified records for Manitoba students in schools from Nursery level to Grade 12, as well as students attending various post-secondary programs in college and university.

    1. Elementary and secondary education (Nursery to Grade 12) - Manitoba Education is responsible for "setting priorities and allocating funds for the Province's public and funded independent Kindergarten-Grade 12 (K-12) schools" (Education Annual Report, 2010-2011)

      NOTE: In Manitoba, grades 9-12 were previously known as Senior 1 to Senior 4 (S1-S4), reverting back to Grades 9-12 in 2006.

    2. Post-secondary education - data in this category refer to individuals taking, or who have completed "an apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma ... college, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma; university certificate or diploma below bachelor level; or a university degree (bachelor's degree; university certificate or diploma above bachelor level; degree in medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine or optometry; master's degree; earned doctorate)" (Statistics Canada, 2012).

How Education Data Can Be Analyzed

    With the Education data and other data in the MCHP Data Repository, it is possible to carry out analyses that are:

    • Population-Based: - this approach permits carrying out analyses beyond who is in the classrooms. A population-based system is able to provide information on the numbers and whereabouts of students who withdraw from school, whether they have dropped out entirely or have moved to another school or jurisdiction. Further, additional analyses can be carried out such as outcomes according to the student's area of residence. (Brownell et al., 2006)

    • Longitudinal: The population registry permits determining whether a student is still alive and living in Manitoba. A consistent set of identifiers can be used to build histories of individuals across files:
      • a unique Manitoba Education identifier is present in both the Manitoba Education and Winnipeg School Division data.
      • if inclusion of a Personal Health Identification Number (PHIN) has been approved, it may be possible to build inter-disciplinary (e.g.: health, social determinants) case histories using other data sets in the MCHP Repository.

Education Data in the Manitoba Population Research Data Repository

    For a list of Education data sets in the Manitoba Population Research Data Repository, please click on the following link:

Education Relevant Studies and Related Documentation

    The following list identifies studies that have used Education data in the MCHP Repository:

    • Brownell M, Roos N, MacWilliam L, Leclair L, Ekuma O, Fransoo R. Academic and social outcomes for high-risk youths in Manitoba. Canadian Journal of Education 2010;33(4):804-836. [Abstract]
    • Brownell M, Roos N, Fransoo R et al.: How Do Educational Outcomes Vary with Socioeconomic Status: Key Findings from the Manitoba Child Health Atlas 2004. Manitoba Centre for Health Policy report, 2004. [Full Report | Report Summary]
    • Fransoo R, Roos NP, Martens PJ, Heaman M, Levin B, Chateau D. How health status affects progress and performance in school: A population-based study. Canadian Journal of Public Health 2008;99(4):344-349. [Abstract]
    • Guevremont A, Roos NP, Brownell M. Predictors and consequences of grade retention: Examining data from Manitoba, Canada. Can J School Psychol 2007;22(1):50-67. [Abstract]
    • Jutte D, Brownell M, Roos NP, Schippers C, Boyce WT, Syme SL. Rethinking what is important: Biologic versus social predictors of childhood health and educational outcomes. Epidemiology 2010;21(3):314-323. [Abstract]
    • Jutte DP, Roos NP, Brownell M, Briggs G, MacWilliam L, Roos L. The ripples of adolescent motherhood: Social, educational, and medical outcomes for children of teen and prior teen moms. Academic Pediatrics 2010;10(5):293-301. [Abstract]
    • Ouelette-Kuntz H, Shooshtari S, Temple B, Brownell M, Burchill C, Yu CT, Holden J, Hennen B. Estimating administrative prevalence of intellectual disabilities in Manitoba. Journal on Developmental Disabilities 2010;15(3):69-80.
    • Roos LL, Brownell M, Lix L, Roos NP, Walld R, MacWilliam L. From health research to social research: Privacy, methods, approaches. Soc Sci Med 2008;66(1):117-129. [Abstract]
    • Roos LL, Hiebert B, Manivong P, Edgerton J, Walld R, MacWilliam L, de Rocquigny J. What is most important: Social factors, health selection, and adolescent educational achievement. Social Indicators Research; 2013;110(1):385-414. [Abstract]
    • Roos NP, Brownell M, Guevremont A, Fransoo R, Levin B, MacWilliam L, Roos LL. The complete story: A population-based perspective on school performance and educational testing. Can J Educ 2006;29(3):684-705. [Abstract]
    • Roos NP, Roos LL, Brownell M, Fuller EL. Enhancing policymakers' understanding of disparities: relevant data from an information-rich environment. Millbank Quarterly; 2010;88(3):382-403. [Abstract]
    • Strohschein L, Roos N, Brownell M. Family structure histories and high school completion: Evidence from a population-based registry. Canadian Journal of Sociology 2009;34(1):83-103. [Abstract]

  • A Historical Listing of Significant Events in Manitoba's Elementary-Secondary Education, Post-Secondary Education and Training Systems 1989-2006 - compiled by C. Jean Britton (June 30, 2006) and prepared for MCHP in partnership with Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth (MECY) and Manitoba Advanced Education and Training (MAET).

    NOTE: "This document was created to support MCHP's data analytical operation by providing contextual information related to education and training developments across Manitoba since 1989".

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  • Brownell M, Roos N, Fransoo R, Roos LL, Guevremont A, MacWilliam L, Yallop L, Levin B. Is the class half empty? A population-based perspective on socioeconomic status and educational outcomes. IRPP Choices 2006;12(5):1-30. [Abstract] [Report] (View)

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