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If We Build It, Will They Come?

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jun 9, 2022

Category: Health , Social Policy , Seniors , Youth , Education



In popular culture, one phrase is often used to manifest success: “If you build it, they will come.”While this idea exudes positivity and the power of hard work, we have to question its accuracy in terms of population research.In a province like New Brunswick, which is heavily invested in population growth and recruitment, does building new public facilities and increasing public...

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What Do New Brunswickers Do After They Leave High School?

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jun 3, 2022

Category: Media , Labour Markets , Education , Population Research , Youth



What Do New Brunswickers Do After They Leave High School? An education is said to be one of the most valuable assets a person can achieve, and pursuing post-secondary education is one of many ways young students can invest in their futures. However, we ask, are some young people more likely to transition to higher education than others? Are certain New Brunswickers more likely to enrol in...

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We’re Back for Another Year: Pathways to Professions Launches Its Third Season

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jun 1, 2022

Category: Media , Pathways to Professions , Youth , Team News , Training , Education



We’re Back for Another Year: Pathways to Professions Launches Its Third Season The New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training has officially launched its third Pathways to Professions experiential learning program, and we are so excited to introduce this year’s new research streams and to announce our partnership with the Government of New Brunswick for this...

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NB-IRDT Wins Grant to Undertake New Study on Workplace Mental Health

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Apr 7, 2022

Category: Team News , Media , Health



It is our great pleasure to announce that NB-IRDT has been awarded one of two New Brunswick Mental Health Impact grants for the 2021-2022 year. Awarded by Mental Health Research Canada in partnership with the New Brunswick Health Research Foundation, these grants are intended to support research addressing the mental health needs of New Brunswick communities. To meet this mandate, NB-IRDT is...

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New NB-IRDT Student Research Stream Receives Support from Mitacs and NBHRF

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Apr 6, 2022

Category: Training , Team News , Media



Student training initiatives like Pathways to Professions (P2P) provide valuable inroads for students looking to stay and work in New Brunswick, and these programs couldn’t exist without the generous support of our partners and funding agencies across Canada. NB-IRDT is proud to be the recipient of a 2022 Mitacs Accelerate grant, which is providing funding from both Mitacs and the New...

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You’re Never Too Young to Get Involved in Policy Development

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Mar 28, 2022

Category: Youth , Training , Media , Education



You’re never too young to get involved in policy development! The high schoolers who took part in ExperienceGNB this past March Break proved just that. From March 7-11, the Government of New Brunswick joined forces with NB-IRDT to offer Pathways to Professions: ExperienceGNB, a policy boot camp for high school students in the Fredericton area. Over the course of the week, a group of keen...

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How Vulnerable are New Brunswickers and Their Health to Climate Change?

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Mar 2, 2022

Category: Health , Media



Climate change impacts our weather systems, our food supply, our natural resources, and more – but how could it impact the health of our communities? And how can plans to adapt to climate change modify these impacts? In partnership with the Climate Change Innovation Bureau of Health Canada and the Government of New Brunswick, researchers at NB-IRDT are contributing to the province’s...

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Labour Market Training Programs in NB: Do Participants Stay?

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Feb 28, 2022

Category: Training , Education



The Government of New Brunswick invests heavily in educating and retaining its population, especially skilled members of the labour force. To accomplish this, training programs have been designed and implemented to help individuals prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment in NB. These include programs such as Career Decision Making Strategies Skills Enhancement Strategies Workplace...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the ExperienceNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Feb 17, 2022

Category: Media , Training



In the 2010 film Inception, audiences were introduced to the concept of a dream within a dream. In 2021, NB-IRDT’s Pathways to Professions (P2P) program introduced something similar: the concept of experiential learning evaluation within an experiential learning program. The result was ExperienceNB: one of five P2P research streams in 2021. Experiential learning – a theory of...

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Lumbar Spine Imaging in New Brunswick: The ‘Back Story’

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Feb 9, 2022

Category: Media , Health



Back pain can be a fairly prevalent, debilitating, and painful problem – especially as we get older! But how often does it warrant an x-ray, or other type of imaging? In 2014, Choosing Wisely Canada was launched to help reduce unnecessary tests and treatments in  many areas of healthcare. When it comes to lower back pain, Choosing Wisely only recommends imaging if “red...

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Manufacturing Employment in New Brunswick

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Feb 2, 2022

Category: Media , Labour Markets , Population Research , Economics



There is a narrative in New Brunswick that our province is falling further and further behind the rest of Canada in terms of economic and population growth, and “catching up” is a nearly impossible task to accomplish. Fortunately, this narrative is not entirely true. To promote progress and prosperity in the province, it is important to not only examine our weaknesses but also to...

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NB-IRDT Partners with Under One Sky to study the impact of the Aboriginal Head Start Program

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 26, 2022

Category: Population Research , Media



Under One Sky is a registered non-profit organization and one of over 100 Friendship Centres in Canada. Located in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Under One Sky is a vibrant and caring community hub that aims to empower a healthy and proud Indigenous community through the programs and services it offers. The Under One Sky Aboriginal Head Start (AHS) program is the focus of the centre’s new...

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NB-IRDT’s 2021 Training Report is Now Available

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 10, 2022

Category: Training , Media , Team News



2021 was a busy year at NB-IRDT, especially for our training team! Read our 2021 Training Report for a highlight of last year’s initiatives – including our data literacy training for public servants, experiential learning for students, and continuing education for professionals. We look forward to spearheading even bigger and better things in 2022 and can’t wait to see what...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the ConnectNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 7, 2022

Category: Pathways to Professions , Media



ConnectNB is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT – and a part of NB-IRDT’s Data Connect project. Through Data Connect (funded by a 3-year SSHRC Partnership Development Grant with the Government of New Brunswick), NB-IRDT is working towards creating an inventory of policy-relevant project ideas connecting students across...

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NB-IRDT Joins Saint John’s Early Childhood Hub Project

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Jan 6, 2022

Category: Education , Media , Youth



Breaking the cycle of poverty is not an easy task. Ending generational poverty requires large-scale commitments to improve education, health, employment, and more. Part of this commitment involves the installment of Early Childhood Hubs in two low-income neighborhoods, in Saint John, New Brunswick.  The two Early Childhood Hubs serve families with children under age 5,...

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NB-IRDT Releases First Report in New Population Snapshot Series

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Dec 13, 2021

Category: Media , Population Research



Since its establishment, the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training has been focusing on different aspects of the province’s changing population. From projects on immigration, graduation, employment, retention, and more, we have examined implications and potential solutions to a rapidly aging and migrating population. Now, in a new report series, our researchers are...

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Introducing ExperienceGNB: A Policy Bootcamp for High School Students

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Dec 8, 2021

Category: Partners , Media , Training , Youth



Calling all high school students in the Fredericton area! The Government of New Brunswick and the New Brunswick Institute for Research, Data and Training have partnered to host a one-week policy bootcamp for high school students, taking place this March Break. This experiential learning opportunity, called ExperienceGNB, offers students a chance to use research to solve relevant problems facing...

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Regional Health Authorities Dedicate Resources for the Coordination of Data Transfers to NB-IRDT

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Dec 2, 2021

Category: Health , Media



Since its establishment, NB-IRDT has had a close relationship with both Regional Health Authorities in New Brunswick. Thanks to the Master Data Sharing Agreements in place, NB-IRDT holds various data sets from both the Horizon and Vitalité Health Networks on its secure platform, with more on the way. Recently, both Health Networks have partnered with NB-IRDT on the creation of a Data...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the BoostNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Nov 22, 2021

Category: Media , Economics



BoostNB is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT. Launched in 2018 by Dr. Herb Emery, Vaughan Chair of Regional Economics, BoostNB serves as a dashboard of economic indicators that aims to provide straightforward, fact-based about New Brunswick and its economy. This summer, BoostNB was comprised of four undergraduate students...

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Student Spotlight: Meet the PopNB Team

NB-IRDT Staff

Posted: Nov 4, 2021

Category: Population Research



Population New Brunswick (PopNB) is a student research stream in the Pathways to Professions experiential learning program at NB-IRDT. Launched in 2020, PopNB describes various population demographics and identifies crucial trends that impact the economy and well-being of New Brunswickers. This summer, PopNB was comprised of four undergraduate students investigating the recent economic...

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