Online Researcher Training

Online Researcher Training

Online Researcher Training

This free course is designed to help researchers better understand linked data and navigate the access and approval process. Please see the Course Outline below for more details.



Course Title:

How to plan and apply for linked data


This self-paced online training program has nine modules and a final test, that will equip researchers with the knowledge and skills necessary to develop a feasible data linkage application.

Target Group:

The target group for this training program is researchers new to data linkage, seeking to enhance their capabilities in planning and applying for linked data projects.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the various types of data available for linkage.
  • Identify the advantages and constraints of using administrative data for research.
  • Recollect the data linkage process, including different linkage methods used and an understanding of high-level data linkage flow.
  • Describe the steps involved in designing a data linkage project, including cohort and control group selection.
  • Describe techniques to measure linkage accuracy and report on the quality of data linkage.
  • Explain the regulatory framework governing data linkage and understand the essential governance roles and responsibilities researchers must uphold.
  • Understand factors that influence project timeframes and costs, enabling more efficient project planning and resource allocation.

Course Structure:

The training program is structured into nine modules, each focusing on a specific aspect of data linkage:

Module 1: Introduction to the Population Health Research Network

Module 2: Types and Sources of Data

Module 3: What is data linkage?

Module 4: Data Linkage Process

Module 5: Costs and Timeframes

Module 6: Design and Feasibility

Module 7: Data Governance

Module 8: Applying for Linked Data

Module 9: Jurisdiction-Based Processes


At the conclusion of the course, participants will undertake an online test consisting of 12 questions to evaluate their understanding of the materials covered. Participants who obtain 70% or higher will receive a certificate of completion.