Australian Bureau of Statistics
1383.0.55.001 - Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators, 2007 (Edition 2)
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/08/2007
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Our eventual selection of indicators in MAP was guided by expert advice and by the criteria described in Appendix 1: Criteria for Choosing Headline Indicators. One criterion was regarded as essential to headline indicators – namely, that most Australians would agree that each headline indicator possessed a 'good' direction of movement (signalling progress, when that indicator is viewed alone) and a 'bad' direction of movement (signalling regress, when that indicator is viewed alone). This good-direction / bad-direction distinction raises unavoidably the question of values and preferences.
Once the ABS had drafted its initial list of candidate headline indicators, it undertook extensive consultation to test whether the list accorded with users' views. Whether a reader agrees with the ABS choice of headline indicators or not, he or she is free to peruse the whole suite of several hundred indicators in each full edition of MAP and to assign a weight to each, as his or her own values and preferences dictate.
The ABS based its decision about how many indicators to present on statistical grounds – for example, is it possible to find one or a few indicators that would encapsulate the changes in the given aspect of life? Is it possible to sum or otherwise combine indicators? And is the indicator supported by quality data?
The set of headline indicators plays a special role in MAP, and particular considerations of values and preferences arise. The full MAP publication presents several hundred indicators overall. However, to assist readers in gaining a quick understanding of the bigger picture about national progress, a more compact suite of 15 headline indicators, covering 14 headline dimensions (some dimensions have more than one indicator, and some have none) can be distilled from MAP. This product, Measures of Australia's Progress: Summary Indicators 2007 (Edition 2), focuses on these headline indicators.
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