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Training and continuing education

We offer various levels of training opportunities in areas of research, program evaluation, data privacy, and more. Our training vision is to increase research capacity and evidence-based decision-making using New Brunswick administrative data.

Whether you are looking for a quick introduction to key concepts in our Lunch and Learn series, or advanced hands-on working sessions in our Diving Deeper series, our staff is committed to sharing expertise to promote data literacy and professionalism in New Brunswick.

Lunch and Learn

Our Lunch and Learn sessions are free to the public and provide a 1-hour primer on key concepts in research. These noon-time talks are open to anyone interested in gaining a general understanding of the topics below.

Concepts In...

This series of half-day workshops provides a more in-depth introduction to concepts in research and administrative data. Participants will develop a working knowledge of how these concepts could be applied within their own areas of work.

Introductory Workshops

Our Introductory Workshop series includes full- and half-day sessions in a variety of topics surrounding administrative data, with assignments between sessions to consolidate knowledge. Past workshops have included:

Introduction to Statistics: Describing Data

Statistics provides a set of tools that can be used to gain insight and answer practical questions using data. This course (i) focuses on developing an understanding of the basic tools which are used to explore and describe data, and (ii) provides an overview of methods for generating summary statistics. The course includes a comprehensive introduction to statistical topics ranging from identifying fundamental data types, describing central tendency and corresponding variability. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with and able to appropriately summarize different data types in tables and graphs.

Using Regression Modelling to Understand Populations

At the heart of regression modelling are the measures used to describe and compare populations of interest. Key measures include incidence rate, prevalence and probability, as well as comparative measures such as risk difference, odds ratio and hazard ratio, among others. We will focus on developing a conceptual understanding of the purpose and key components of effect measures and their application in helping us describe and compare the world around us.

Diving Deeper – Coming in 2022

The Diving Deeper series is comprised of hands-on working sessions geared toward learners with an intermediate to advanced knowledge of administrative data and research. These sessions will build on the information covered in the Introductory Workshops and provide participants with data skills to apply in their professional lives.

NB-IRDT Data Talks

At the beginning of 2020, NB-IRDT began hosting a series of monthly research presentations called Data Talks. The purpose of these sessions is to give NB-IRDT and affiliated researchers an opportunity to present their research findings to the public, share their knowledge in an engaging way, answer questions, and get feedback. Research projects carried out through NB-IRDT or the NB Research Data Centre use New Brunswick data, making their results directly relevant to the New Brunswickers who attend these Data Talks. These sessions are at no cost and open to all interested individuals. Our goal is to communicate the results of research being carried out at, or in partnership with, NB-IRDT, on topics of great interest to our partners and the public. Prior to COVID-19, Data Talks were scheduled monthly. Stay tuned for upcoming virtual Data Talks sessions.

Pathways to Professions


2020 was the inaugural year of NB-IRDT's Pathways to Professions (PtP) summer student research program for UNB undergraduate students. In partnership with NBIF, FutureReadyNB and Planet Hatch six students from various disciplines embarked on a 13-week paid experiential learning journey. You can learn more by reading the program in review prepared by the PtP students.


Due to the success of the first year, Pathways to Professions 2021 has been expanded to accept up to 11 UNB undergrad students and one UNB grad student in this paid summer experiential program. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their applications before March 15, 2021.

In the PtP program students are matched with experienced researchers and community stakeholders to

  • undertake NB-relevant research projects,
  • participate in weekly foundational skills training sessions and
  • complete a reflective exercise to connect their PtP experience to other experiences.

The overarching goal of PtP is to enhance student employability and decrease the education-work divide in NB. PtP provides students with opportunities – through hands-on research experience; mentoring; and collaborative training – for professional development in areas related to research and knowledge translation.

Students develop key skills that empower them to more effectively participate in the labour market in areas of knowledge translation, data management and analysis, research ethics and privacy principles, communications strategies and project management.

GNB Training Partnership – Data Literacy for Public Servants

To help support the move toward evidence-informed policy, we have partnered with the Government of New Brunswick to develop a data literacy training program for government employees.

With a focus on e-learning, engagement, and mentorship opportunities, our training program aims to:

  • enhance data literacy skills to enable public servants to incorporate evidence-based practices into their everyday work, and
  • create opportunities for research collaborations between government departments and in partnership with university researchers.

In April 2020, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council awarded NB-IRDT and GNB a three-year $200,000 Partnership Development Grant to develop and implement a data literacy training program for public servants. The program involves five initiatives to promote data literacy:

  • Data Bites is a guided talk intended to engage public servants across NB to discuss how research and data literacy can improve their everyday practices
  • Data Matters is an e-learning course with five modules designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to using administrative data.
  • Data Day is an interactive session during which participants from GNB and NB-IRDT will collaboratively use the research process to address a case study on a policy-relevant problem in New Brunswick.
  • Data Fellowship is a professional development opportunity open to GNB employees to undertake an interdisciplinary research project with the mentorship of NB-IRDT researchers.
  • Data Connect is an inventory of policy-relevant project ideas connecting research focused university students across New Brunswick with GNB departments to undertake research at NB-IRDT.