We ran one-day courses in February 2018, November 2018, and February 2019 to introduce people to the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

The course aimed to provide the base knowledge and contacts that IDI users need, to maximise its value for health research. It covered the major opportunities in and issues around using the IDI for health research, and included discussion with an expert user panel. It all showed us just how far we have come!

Topics included:

  • Orientation to the IDI
  • Research questions and methods for big data
  • Data sharing and useful resources
  • How to get started in the IDI
  • Social licence, ethics, and kaitiakitanga
  • The IDI structure, the spine, estimating a population, and linkage rates
  • Key information on ethnicity, address, income, and health
  • Brief introduction to SQL, SAS, and other coding, and where to find resources
  • Panel examples of IDI research, followed by discussion

In February 2018 and 2019, the course was offered:

  • and as part of the Health Inequalities Research Programme (HIRP) at the University of Otago, Dunedin