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: An insight into child intervention clients’ mental health

Ruiting Jia and Xinjie Cui

2018
A profile of children in Alberta receiving child care subsidy

Hesam Izakian, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of youth corrections involvement

Christine Werk, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of adult corrections involvement

Christine Werk, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of young Albertans

Christine Werk, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2017
Mental health service use among post-secondary students in Alberta

Navjot Lamba and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of income support learners clients

Navjot Lamba and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of child support services dependents in Alberta

Ruiting Jia, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of children and youth whose families received family support for children with disabilities services

Ruiting Jia, Ozlem Cankaya, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2017
CYDL Data Byte: An insight on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and educational achievement

Piatt, Carley
Cui, Xinjie

2017
A profile of young Albertans with Cerebral Palsy

Daniel O’Brien, Christine Werk, Carley Piatt, Hitesh Bhatt, and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of young Albertans with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Ruiting Jia and Xinjie Cui

2017
A profile of youth and young adults with criminal offences

Christine Werk, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2016
A profile of income support clients

Adam Easterbrook, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2016
Post-secondary students in Alberta

Navjot Lamba, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2016
A profile of young Albertans using mental health services

Christine Werk, Leslie Twilleg, and Xinjie Cui

2016
A profile of young Albertans with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Christine Werk, Leslie Twilley, and Xinjie Cui

2016
A preliminary analysis of mortalities in the child intervention system in Alberta

PolicyWise for Children & Families

2014
CYDL Data Byte 1: Socio-economic Status of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013
CYDL Data Byte 2: Socio-economic Status of Albertan Youth

Child and Youth Data Laboratory

2013