1. What is the Geography or Area you are looking at for your data study? Are you looking at local neighbourhoods like Streetsville, whole cities such as Mississauga, regions like the Greater Toronto Area, provinces or countries?.
2. What is your time period? Do you need the most recent or historical data?
3. What is your population or unit of measurement? Are you looking at total numbers of people, households, women, youth, etc.?
4. What specific variables are you looking for? (age ranges, income, education, etc)
5. What is your ultimate objective with the data? How will you be using/presenting the data? (Use it in a paper, present in a slideshow, compare with other data, etc)
6. Do you need the data for use in software? Any specific electronic formats? (Excel, NVivo, SPSS, etc)