FAQs

1. There are a lot of data repositories out there. Why should I deposit my data in SAGE?

Secondary Analysis to Generate Evidence (SAGE) is a data repository which facilitates the sharing of data about human participants with the objective of improving the lives of children, family and community.

Because of the particularities of this type of data, legal and ethical issues must be considered. For example, if you are collecting data about the nutrition of children or the effect of service provision on a homeless population, there is an ethical and often a legal obligation to protect the identity and privacy of the participants.

SAGE encourages the secure sharing of data, whilst ensuring that legal and ethical obligations are met. We work with you to help you understand the considerations needed to share sensitive individual-level data and fulfil your obligations to your funders and participants in terms of data sharing.

SAGE is also a collaborative platform. We encourage collaboration amongst researchers that may not normally work together, as well as collaboration across different sectors such as not-for-profits and policy makers.

2. What types of data are accepted into SAGE?

We accept data from a number of different disciplines such as health, education, and social science. Data should be about human participants and be useful for secondary research studies. Please see our Data Scope Statement for more details.

We accept data from academic researchers and service delivery organizations such as food banks, or homelessness shelter, and hope to be able to eventually link this data to government administrative data.

3. At what point should I, as a researcher or community service provider, engage with SAGE?

Contact us anytime! We can help design projects with secondary use in mind, or help assess the re-use value of on-going or completed projects.

With that being said, the earlier you engage with SAGE, the better.  This gives us the opportunity to incorporate data sharing and secondary use into participant/client consent and ethics documents.

Careful planning at the beginning of the study/program can remove any barriers that could be encountered to future data sharing.

 

To find out more, please contact us at data@policywise.com