Accessing Data

SAGE houses high quality research data, community service data, and administrative data related to health and social well-being. For more details on the high quality data we hold, please see Our Data.

Using SAGE data reduces the need to collect redundant data, making it a cost- and resource-effective way to move your research forward. SAGE also connects data users to those who have produced the data when possible, helping to facilitate collaborations.

SAGE data is accessed through a secure, virtual environment, which can be accessed from your desktop. Individual-level data never leaves the environment, which is completed moated, with no access to the internet or any outside system. Analytic software is provided to you, along with your project data within the virtual environment.


The Data Access Process

Those wishing to re-use SAGE data can explore SAGE datasets through Dataverse and NADA. Metadata is available explaining each study, as well as the variables within each study.

1. Data Access Inquiry
  • When you’ve decided you want to access our data, submit an Data Inquiry Form, which provides SAGE staff with a brief overview of your intended research. We then consult with you to assess the feasibility of your proposal.
2. Access Review and Ethics
  • Once we’ve looked at your initial inquiry, we ask that you submit a full proposal (including a list of all variables of interest), which is then reviewed.
  • After your proposal has been approved, you’ll need to get ethics approval from a recognized ethics board.

3. Data Access Agreement
  • We will then sign a Data Access Agreement, which outlines the terms and conditions for provision of services and data, as well as applicable fees (see Cost Recovery Schedule). Each team member accessing the data will also need to sign a Code of Conduct Acknowledgement.
  • You will access and analyze a customized de-identified dataset through the SAGE Analytic Environment. The SAGE Analytic Environment is a virtual desktop system which allows secured, remote access to data and relevant analytical tools. To protect participant privacy and confidentiality, data cannot leave the SAGE Analytic Environment, and outputs are reviewed by SAGE staff prior to export.
5. Evaluation of Research and Impact
  • SAGE actively seeks to increase and measure the impact of secondary dataset use. We work with you to facilitate dissemination and uptake of knowledge generated by your project.

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