Statistics Canada's Flagship Survey Skills Development Course: Developing Teamwork Skills through Learning about Survey-Taking (1999)

Statistics Canada’s intensive six-week Survey Skills Development Course offers employees the opportunity to design and carry out an actual survey under real-life conditions and, in the process, to develop a range of both generic and job-specific skills.

The course also helps Statistics Canada develop and maintain a cadre of employees with the mix of skills needed to meet current requirements and to adapt to changing work requirements.

Employees work in teams to develop all aspects of their survey. Team activities include meeting with survey sponsors to identify and clarify their information needs; developing a sample design; producing a questionnaire; writing and testing computer programs; and developing cost estimates and a schedule for the project.

During the last two weeks of the course, participants take part in implementing the survey in a small city or rural county in Ontario or Quebec.

In addition to learning about doing surveys, employees develop strong teamwork skills, including the ability to set clear objectives; show leadership; maintain a positive working environment; and solve problems collectively.

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Kurtis Kitagawa. Statistics Canada's Flagship Survey Skills Development Course: Developing Teamwork Skills through Learning about Survey-Taking 1999. Web. 29 Sep. 2020 <http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/statistics_canadas_flagship/statistics_canadas_flagship.pdf>
Kurtis Kitagawa (1999). Statistics Canada's Flagship Survey Skills Development Course: Developing Teamwork Skills through Learning about Survey-Taking. Retrieved September 29, 2020, from http://en.copian.ca/library/research/cboc/employability_skills/statistics_canadas_flagship/statistics_canadas_flagship.pdf
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