Experiences of Albertan Children and Youth over Time – Introduction


The Child and Youth Data Laboratory Longitudinal Project, Experiences of Albertan Children and Youth over Time, 2005/06 to 2010/11, focused on analyzing linked administrative data to shed light on the experiences of Albertan children and youth as they develop. This project took a longitudinal look at the service use of Albertan children and youth.

Access Information from launch of findings on January 27, 2017 

Study Design

The project used a longitudinal design to look at the experiences of Albertan children and youth from 2005/06 to 2010/11. The study population consisted of Albertan children and youth aged 0 to 25 years, followed for six years (making the oldest study participants 30 years of age in the final year). Ministry service use was tracked during this time period. Trends were evaluated in the context of indicators such as sex, age, socioeconomic status, region of residence, educational achievement, mental health status, and health service use.


Many research themes were developed in consultation with participating ministries.  Some examples include the following:

Early childhood experiences
Are early childhood experiences associated with outcomes in later childhood, such as educational achievement or health service usage?

Vulnerable youth
How are youth with specific needs (i.e., disability, homelessness, complex needs, and frequent justice involvement) using other services?

How do service use patterns of vulnerable children and young adults (e.g., those using income support or those in special education) change as they become adults?

Population profiles
How are youth involved in one system or program using other services?

Explore Deliverables from the project including population profiles, topic reports, data bytes, and publications.