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FTD (Future to Discover Project)


The overall objective of the Future to Discover Project is to try to understand whether better information about career choices and/or a promise of financial incentives can encourage students who might not normally decide to pursue post-secondary education (PSE), to complete high school and go on to PSE.

Since the release of the public use microdata files in 2013, there were a few developments regarding the FTD pilot project:
·         Users reported that the variable of program group membership has not been included in the 2013 release of public use microdata files.
·         SRDC had received updated postsecondary education records from New Brunswick.
·         The raw data of the baseline student survey and parent survey had not been made available with the SRDC released public use microdata file in Statistics Canada’s Research Data Centre Network
As a result, SRDC is releasing additional data files to supplement the originally released public use microdata files.
All supplementary datasets can be linked to previously released public used microdata files by the unique individual identifier Sample ID (sampleid).

The linkage of the Future to Discover Pilot Project (FTD Project) and the T1 Family File (T1FF) and select records from the Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity and Other Income (T4A SUPP) is a record linkage study funded by the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC). The study’s purpose is to examine the impact of the FTD Project’s student interventions on enrolment in post-secondary education programs and education and labour market outcomes.
Researchers do need to request and be approved for access to:
·         FTD_UAD_0405_T1FF_AllYears; and
·         FTD_UAD_0405
For any FTD related questions please contact your local Research Data Centre.



Publications using this survey

Ford, R., Hui T. Shek-wai, and Kwakye I. (2019).  Future to discover: Seventh year post-secondary impacts report. Ottawa, ON: Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC). Abstract
Hui, T. Shek-wai, and Ford R. (2018).  Education and labour market impacts of the Future to Discover project. : The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario. Abstract