External Activity: 87th Congress of the Association Francophone pour le Savoir (ACFAS)

CIRANO-QICSS Conference: Data Access: A Pillar for Informed Public Policy

Université du Québec en Outaouais

Monday 27 May 2019
From 9AM to 4:30PM

Conference organized as part of the 87th ACFAS Congress to be held from May 27 to 31, 2019 in Gatineau


Access to data is an essential pillar in the development and implementation of public policies. In Quebec, as elsewhere, the challenges in health, education, employment or innovation are enormous, and access to relevant data is crucial. The data exists, but is it made accessible and used optimally?

This conference, organized by the Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO) and the Quebec inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS), will shed new light on the importance of access to quality data to inform public policy decision-making. This conference will therefore bring together experts from the academic and research communities within public administrations, but also key players in public policy decision-making, to offer critical and strategic reflection on these important issues.

Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, full professor at Polytechnique Montréal and President and CEO of CIRANO, Benoit Dostie, professor at HEC Montréal, Fellow CIRANO and Academic Director of the QICSS, and Carole Vincent,economist coordinator of strategic planning at the QICSS, are responsible for this conference.

Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Quebec, will give the opening conference on the theme "For Better Access to Data".

From 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm, Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, will give a keynote address.

Catherine Haeck, professor at Université du Québec à Montréal and Fellow CIRANO, Guy Lacroix, full professor at HEC Montréal and Fellow CIRANO, and Roxane Borgès Da Silva, associate professor at Université de Montréal and Fellow CIRANO, and Abel Brodeur (University of Ottawa) will present in the block "Data as a Source of Public Policy Improvement".

Pierre Therrien (Director, Innovation and Market Analysis at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada), a member of CIRANO's Board of Directors, will present during the "The importance of data access" block.

Yves Gingras (Head of Evaluation, Employment and Social Development Canada) will be speaking at the panel discussion "Facilitating access to data: how and for what purposes?".

We will also have representatives from the Institut de la Statistique du Québec and Statistics Canada as speakers on this day.

Conference Program


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