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Our Mission

The mission of the Observatoire pour l’éducation et la santé des enfants (OPES) is to optimize scientific activities aimed at understanding the impacts of various conditions, circumstances (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) and interventions that influence the psychosocial development, education, well-being and health of all children and youth living in Quebec, from pregnancy to 25 years of age, with a particular focus on inequalities

To understand

risk, prevention and protection factors and their impact on the education and health of children and youth

To measure

the effectiveness of social, educational, and technological interventions and innovations to support children with challenges or conditions affecting their education and health.

To facilitate

knowledge transfer activities within the scientific community and to political and administrative decision-makers, as well as to "field" actors

To generate

knowledge using large cross-sectoral and longitudinal databases, federating the sharing and ensuring access to and use of the databases

To initiate

Research projects on social interventions and innovations that address priorities agreed upon by researchers and government, professional and community partners

To help

the appropriation of research results by a priority list of decision makers and stakeholders as well as knowledge transfer organizations


The Observatory facilitates the cross-sectoral use of data on child and youth development.

The data we collect

The Observatory studies the impact of various conditions, circumstances (such as the COVID-19 pandemic) and interventions that affect children’s psychosocial development, education, well-being and health through epidemiological studies using administrative and research databases.

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