PolicyWise conducts policy-relevant linkage and analyses to support decision-making for government, community organizations, and other stakeholders.
In a unique and cutting edge initiative over the last decade, PolicyWise partnered with the Government of Alberta to form the Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL) to better understand the services used by children and youth in Alberta. All of the youth-serving ministries in the Government of Alberta contributed data to the project. From that partnership emerged two related projects: the first was on the experiences of Albertan youth in 2008/09 and the second, a continuation of the first, was on the experiences of Albertan Children and Youth over time from 2005/6 to 2010/11.
One of only a few such initiatives in the world, the CYDL’s research projects provided ground breaking opportunities to understand relationships between many of the services children and youth may access, such as health and education, as well as more specialized services such as contact with the justice system contact or receipt of specialized support services. The results of this work have led to insights that inform policy and practice for specific populations and programs.