Child and Youth Data Lab (Alberta)

The Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL) studies issues, policies and practices affecting Alberta's children, by linking and analyzing cross-government, administrative data. The products of the CYDL enable policy makers and service delivery organizations to make better decisions related to services to children, design of programs, allocation of resources and policy analysis and development.

CYDL Overview

Alberta is the first jurisdiction in the world to establish a data lab exclusively dedicated to understanding the impacts and policy needs that will optimize the well-being and future potential of its youngest citizens...children and youth.

Participating ministries have partnered and collaborated in the design and development of The CYDL. The success of each project is dependent upon effective communications and strong collaborations with and among the partnering ministries through all stages of the research process.

PolicyWise for Children & Families manages The CYDL.  Alberta's child-serving ministries who are Members of the Alberta Children and Youth Initiative (ACYI), a cross-ministry action, are funding the project. Alberta Children's Services is the lead ministry. The ministries are:

  • Alberta Children's Services (lead ministry)
  • Alberta Community and Social Services
  • Alberta Indigenous Relations
  • Alberta Education
  • Alberta Advanced Education
  • Alberta Health
  • Alberta Justice and Solicitor General


PolicyWise for Children & Families is a public-sector, innovative resource that develops and mobilizes priority research evidence into policy. Because children and their families in Alberta share fundamental needs with children living elsewhere, The Centre’s research has relevancy and impact that extends to outside of Alberta, thus making The Centre an innovative nexus for the most important issues for children.

Title Authors Year of Publication
CYDL Data Byte 3: Mental Health Status of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 4: Physician Visits by Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 5: Income Support among Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 6: Least and Most Advantaged Albertans

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 7: Hospitalizations of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 8: Offence Charges Among Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 10: Maltreatment-related Interventions Received by Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 11: Emergency Room Visits by Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 12: Post-secondary Students in Alberta

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 14: Hospitalizations of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 13: Least and Most Advantaged Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 15: Educational Experiences of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 16: Offence Charges Among Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 17: Least and Most Advantaged Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 18: Corrections Involvement Among Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 19: Emergency Room Visits by Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 20: Least and Most Advantaged Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
Experiences of Albertan Youth 2008/2009

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2012
CYDL Project One Technical Report

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2012
Socio‐economic Status of Albertan Youth: Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL) Report for Experiences of Albertan Youth Project

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2012