The Enquête socioéconomique et de santé intégrée et longitudinale (ESSIL), a socioeconomic, integral health, and longitudinal project, is aimed at gathering a wealth of information on the life path of individuals belonging to a representative sample of several thousand Québec households. It takes its inspiration from similar longitudinal surveys that have been conducted in the United States and Sweden since the 1960s, in Germany and Luxembourg since the 1980s, in Great Britain since the 1990s, and more recently in Australia, Italy, and Switzerland.
This project enables the study of a great number of public policy issues, especially those requiring medium and long-term vision and those involving interaction between several dimensions of the lives of individuals and families: health, mental health, employment, income, schooling, demographic and relational dynamics of families, and social networks. Issues such as retirement, poverty, social exclusion, balancing work and family life, keeping healthy, and life-long learning illustrate well the complex dyamics public policy specialists and the public are confronted with.
This report is the fruit of the collaboration between academic researchers from multiple disciplines and the personnel of the Institut de la statistique du Québec, in consultation with several Québec government departments and agencies. It demonstrates the interest of creating such a research instrument and prepares the ground for identifying an appropriate methodolgy. Moreover, this project would promote the pursuit of increased and long-term collaboration between academia, public policy makers, and stakeholders.