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Statistical Tools for Policy Analysis

This course describes how statistical tools are used/abused in policy analyis. My goal is to help those who read and review documents that include data analyiss be better critical readers. The course does not require any mathematics beyond high-school (add, substract, multiple, divide, square root).

This flyer describes the course.



An Analysis of the Economic Circumstances of Canadian Seniors
The report covers the following for seniors: poverty status and trends, retirement income and retirement savings. Feb. 2016


The Big Split: Income Splitting's Unequal Distribution of Benefits Across Canada
The report covers the distribution of the benefits from Income-Splitting for families with children. 2015


Defining Poverty and Determining the Number Poor Long-Term Trends
This report covers the changes in how Statistics Canada measures poverty related concepts - 2011.

Financial Literacy and the Take-up of Government Benefits
This report was prepared for the Task Force on Financial Literacy - 2011.


Cutting Through the Fog
This report, coauthored with John Stapleton,covers problems in the measurement of poverty.


Benefits From Public Spending
This report, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, was coauthored with Hugh Mackenzie and prepares estimates of the income distribution of the benefits from government spending.


Assets and Access to Disability Related Welfare
This report reviews the barriers which prevent families from assisting a relative on welfare because of a disability and the idea for an RDSP (Registered Disability Savings Plan) which would allow relatives of someone with a disability to save on their behalf.

A Short Note on how you measure E.I. Coverage along with some interesting data

A Review of how effectively (or not) governments support Dependent Care (caregiving)

How Lower-Income Canadians are defrauded by RRSP's Published by C.D. Howe Institute

Adding Social Condition to the Canadian Human Rights Act: Some Issues: Report for the Canadian Human Rights Act Review Panel

Social Exclusion in the Design and Administration of Social ProgramsOriginally published in Perception by CCSD

A note on the history of poverty and the poor.

Critque of poverty lines as seen by the Fraser Institute:

Critque of the MBM: officialdom perspective on poverty

or This was written right after the MBM was announced.

How you measure UI/EI Coverage affects what you get. Prepared for the Kelly Lesiuk Court Challenge of EI regulations.

Who gets EI Maternity Benefits - and who does not

Social Conditions & Human Rights
This is copy of a report I wrote for the Review Panel on the Canadian Human Rights Commission.

The GIS Story
How 300,000 low-income seniors got $500 million… will they get their retroactive payments?

Personal stories:
Current programs do not deal well with many seniors. Many lose out on benefits because they are unaware of them. When some of them eventually apply for those benefits, current legislation often limits retroactive benefits to 11 months.

These stories illustrate the problems.

e-mail me at: richard@shillington.ca