Centre interuniversitaire québécois de statistiques sociales (CIQSS)
CIQSS - QICSS
Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics
QICSS in brief
The Quebec inter-Univesity Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) offers access to detailed data from large-scale surveys carried out by Statistics Canada and the Institut de la statistique du Québec. It also provides the workspace, equipment and professional as well as technical resources needed to exploit these surveys.
- Support and develop cutting-edge research in the field of social statistics
- Expand the pool of social statistics researchers and train the next generation
- Make research findings and their implications known to a wider audience
The QICSS was established with the specific aim of promoting research within the field of social statistics in Quebec. Central to the project has been the creation of a secure environment in a university setting, where researchers can have access to microdata from Statistics Canada and Institut de la statistique du Québec large-scale population surveys, while respecting the rules of confidentiality. The QICSS' mission does not stop there, however; it also offers support, training and activities designed to disseminate research findings. By bringing under one roof researchers from different institutions and disciplines, the QICSS has become a hub of scientific activity in the field of social statistics in Quebec, Canada and in the international arena.
The QICSS has three main goals:
The Quebec Inter-University Centre for Social Statistics (QICSS) was created in July 2000 as part of the Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics (CISS), developed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and Statistics Canada. The QICSS is the only Quebec member of the Canadian Network of Statistics Canada Research Data Centres, a key component of the CISS.
In April 2005, the QICSS signed an important partnership agreement with the Institut de la statistique du Québec (ISQ), on the productive collaboration model developed with Statistics Canada. This agreement means that the QICSS is now in a position to offer the scientific community access to ISQ survey microdata, through the creation of an on-site Institut de la statistique du Québec Research Data Centre (CADRISQ).
Incorporating seven of Quebec's universities, the QICSS currently includes its six founding institutions - l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Concordia University, l'Université Laval, McGill University, l'Université du Québec à Montréal and l'Université de Montréal, where it is located - and l'Université de Sherbrooke, which joined the group in 2004. This association arose from the need for deeper insights into key social questions (family dynamics, child development, social determinants of health, income and poverty issues, integration of immigrants, young people's transition to adulthood, etc.).
The QICSS' creation has provided Quebec with an infrastructure of the highest quality, and with an excellent environment for research and training in the latest methods for quantitative analysis - the essential conditions for Quebec's scientific community to retain its leadership and keep apace with the rapid developments in social statistics.
- Sylvia KAIROUZ, Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Concordia University
- Benoît LAPLANTE, Professor, Centre Urbanisation Culture Société de l'INRS
- Philip MERRIGAN, Professor, Département de sciences économiques, Université du Québec à Montréal
- Stéphane MOULIN, Professor, Département de sociologie, Université de Montréal
- Guy LACROIX, Professor, Département d'économique, Université Laval
- Céline LE BOURDAIS, Professor, Department of Sociology, McGill University
- Alain VANASSE, Professor, Département de médecine de famille, Université de Sherbrooke
- Hélène VÉZINA, Professor, Département des sciences humaines, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, représentante du Réseau de l'Université du Québec
Since June 2010, the QICSS is directed by Danielle GAUVREAU, professor at Concordia University's Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
The QICSS is run by a management committee, made up of the director of the QICSS, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences of Université de Montréal, Laurent LEWIS, and a representative from each member institutions:
Prominent within social statistics, and from different disciplines (health, economics, demography, geography, sociology, education), these researchers belong to a variety of research networks in Quebec, Canada and internationally. The breadth and diversity of their combined expertise constitutes a source of great wealth for the QICSS.
Canadian Research Data Centre Network branches are laboratories on the campus of institutions affiliated to regular RDCs. Branches offer access to the same Statistics Canada microdata as a RDC in the same secure conditions. Branches facilitate collaborative projects between institutions and make it easier to conduct research using Statistics Canada microdata by reducing the need for researchers to travel.
There are 4 QICSS branches on campuses to serve the research community in Quebec. Each branch is administered by its own management committee:
- Quebec and Canada's statistical institutes
- Provincial and federal government departments and agencies (Ministère de l'éducation, du loisir et du sport du Québec, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ministère de la Solidarité Sociale du Québec, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
- Non-governmental organizations (Social Research and Demonstration Corporation, Canadian Council on Social Development)
- Academic researchers working on projects at the QICSS
In 2005, the QICSS formed an External Advisory Committee, whose main function is to define the direction future developments should take. The Committee meets once a year to discuss mandates and priorities for the coming year. The Committee includes representatives from:
- the Population Change and Lifecourse Strategic Knowledge Cluster for the 2009 Acfas colloquium
- the Institut national d'études démographiques for the 2007 international conference on ethnic diversity
- the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation for the 2009 international conference on higher education
In July 2000, a generous grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), to go towards setting up a Canadian Network of Statistics Canada Research Data Centres, covered the costs of installing a well-equipped infrastructure at the QICSS, enabling researchers to carry out leading-edge research in social statistics.
Since January 2002, the QICSS has also received substantial funding from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC), which approved the funding proposal submitted by the Centre in June 2001 within the programme: Regroupement stratégique, volet Accès à une installation majeure. This funding was reconducted in 2007.
Since spring of 2001, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), through the Canadian Initiative on Social Statistics (CISS), has also assisted with the running costs of the research data network member centres, the QICSS among them. In addition, the QICSS receives a SSHRC grant towards the organization of Summer Schools for training in quantitative methods.
The annual contribution from QICSS' seven university members – l'Université de Sherbrooke, l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique, Concordia University, l'Université Laval, McGill University, l'Université du Québec à Montréal and l'Université de Montréal – guarantees a portion of the resources needed to finance research support activities, training, promotion and dissemination.
The QICSS also benefits from the financial support of partners in the organization of certain specific activities, including: