Information for researchers

Data usage guidelines and application

COMPASS data usage guidelines

Data from the COMPASS study is stored at the University of Waterloo on a secure server. The principal investigator of COMPASS (Professor Scott Leatherdale) maintains ownership of all COMPASS data. Access to specified COMPASS data may be granted to all COMPASS project collaborators and/or their research teams and students as well as external researchers/teams and students. Special preference will be granted to graduate students and internal collaborator requests.

In order for any researcher/team/student to gain access to the COMPASS data, the successful completion and approval of the COMPASS data usage application is required. The application will be reviewed and approved/declined by the principal investigator of COMPASS.

COMPASS data usage application

To gain access to COMPASS data, researchers must complete the COMPASS data usage application form including a brief proposal for the intended use of the COMPASS data. Proposals should be concise and include a research question(s), requested dependent and independent variables and analysis plan.

Once submitted, the applicant will be emailed a copy of their application that includes the data usage agreement form. The COMPASS data usage agreement form should be read and signed and a complete copy of the email contents, including the signed data usage agreeement form, submitted to Kate Battista.

Applications will be reviewed by the principal investigator. Upon approval, the principal investigator and the external researcher/team/student must sign the COMPASS data usage agreement document before data are made available. Upon full approval, data will be made available via encrypted memory stick or through a secure server.

Publishing with COMPASS data

When publishing results from COMPASS (e.g., papers, presentations, technical reports) please use the following statement:

The COMPASS study has been supported by a bridge grant from the CIHR Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (INMD) through the “Obesity – Interventions to Prevent or Treat” priority funding awards (OOP-110788; awarded to SL), an operating grant from the CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) (MOP-114875; awarded to SL), a CIHR project grant (PJT-148562; awarded to SL), a CIHR bridge grant (PJT-149092; awarded to KP/SL), a CIHR project grant (PJT-159693; awarded to KP), and by a research funding arrangement with Health Canada (#1617-HQ-000012; contract awarded to SL). The COMPASS-Quebec project additionally benefits from funding from the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux of the province of Québec, and the Direction régionale de santé publique du CIUSSS de la Capitale-Nationale. 

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