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Finding Data: Data on Education - Canada


  • 'Brain Drain' Debate in the United Kingdom, c.1950-1970
    Qualitative project. Sought to provide an analysis of the 'brain drain' debate of the 1950s and 1960s as a social phenomenon. The term 'brain drain' was adopted in the 1960s in the context of concerns the United Kingdom was losing skilled scientific and engineering personnel to other countries. Although the term is used in a variety of academic, policy and popular discussions about the international mobility of scientists, this project sought to rectify the absence of scholarly literature analyzing the original 'brain drain' debate. Comprised of 19 oral history interviews with scientists and engineers who emigrated to the United States or Canada in the 1950s or 1960s as well as British policymakers involved in any way in the 'brain drain' debate at this time. Also included is the transcript of a 'witness seminar' that brought officials and former emigres together to discuss their recollections. To obtain a free account please register with the UKDA.

  • Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey, 2003
    Large-scale co-operative effort undertaken in 2003 by governments, national statistics agencies, research institutions and multi-lateral agencies. The ALL study builds on the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS), the world's first internationally comparative survey of adult skills undertaken in 3 rounds of data collection between 1994 and 1998. The foundation skills measured in the ALL survey include prose literacy, document literacy, numeracy and problem solving. Additional skills assessed indirectly include familiarity with and use of information and communication technologies. This dataset is composed of 7 countries or regions that collected data in 2003. They include Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Norway, Switzerland, the United States and the Mexican State of Nuevo Leon.

  • Barro-Lee Educational Attainment Dataset
    Contains enrollments at all education levels (primary, secondary, and tertiary) for a sample of 89 countries from 1820 to 2010 at 5-year intervals. Contains estimated educational attainment for the total, female and male populations from 1870 to 2010. The estimates are available in 5-year intervals for 89 countries. Contains projections of educational attainment for the total, female and male populations from 2015 to 2040. The estimates are available in 5-year intervals for 146 countries. Can also be found in an easy to use interface from the World Bank which also contains the supplement from IIASA/VID which provides projections to 2050.

  • International Adult Literacy Survey 1994-1998, 2012 (IALS)
    7-country initiative first conducted in the fall of 1994. Its goal: to create comparable literacy profiles across national, linguistic and cultural boundaries. Also offers the world's only source of comparative data on participation in adult education and training. Since then, a 2nd and a 3rd round of data collection were conducted in an additional 16 countries in 1996 and in 1998. In total, includes literacy data pertaining to 23 countries or regions around the world. For 2012 data is available for Canada only. Also known as the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies - PIAAC.

  • National Graduates Survey and Follow up Graduates Surveys (1982, 1986, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2013 (Class of 2009-2010))
    Canadian study designed to determine such factors as: the extent to which graduates of postsecondary programs had been successful in obtaining employment since graduation; the relationship between the graduates' programs of study and the employment subsequently obtained; the graduates' job and career satisfaction; the rates of under-employment and unemployment; the type of employment obtained related to career expectations and qualification requirements; and the influence of postsecondary education on occupational achievement. Princeton has access to all non-restricted public use microdata files from Statistics Canada.

  • National Household Survey (2011)
    The Canadian census questions cover basic demographic characteristics such as age, sex, marital and common-law status, household relationships and mother tongue. Information previously collected by the mandatory long-form census questionnaire will be collected as part of the new voluntary National Household Survey (NHS).

  • Participation and Activity Limitation Survey (PALS) (2001, 2006)
    Post-censal survey of adults in Canada with disabilities, including any person whose everyday activities are limited because of a physical condition or health problem. Covers themes such as activity limitations, help with everyday activities, education, employment status, social participation and economic characteristics.

  • Survey of Adult Skills (PIAAC)
    Assesses the proficiency of adults from age 16 onwards in literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology rich environments. The data collection took place from August 1, 2011 to March, 31 2012 in most participating countries. Around 166 000 adults, representing 724 million adults aged 16 to 65, were surveyed in 24 countries and sub-national regions in the official language/s of the countries.

  • Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) (1995+)
    Provides reliable and timely data on the mathematics and science achievement of U.S. 4th- and 8th-grade students compared to that of students in other countries. Collected in 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2011. Next round of collection will be in 2015. Also see the NCES Bibliography for literature that has used this data.

  • UNICEF: Monitoring the Situation of Children and Women
    Contains the full range of statistical information made available by UNICEF. Includes the official global statistical databases published in The State of the World's Children. Indicators on child survival and health, child nutrition, maternal health, water and sanitation, education, child protection, HIV/AIDS, immunization, and Millennium Development Goals.

This page last updated: October 21, 2009