HOW TO ADDRESS DEFICIENCIES IN EXISTING DATASETS
The augmentation of existing datasets is the key to making substantial gains in improving the evidence base and transforming data into statistical information that is fit for a number of different purposes.
The environment scan identified a number of datasets that are currently turned into statistical information about specific areas of interest, such as the NHMD which holds a range of data about hospitals in Australia. However, the purpose of this database is not specific to, or allows easy identification of, family, domestic and sexual violence events. Transforming datasets like these, that are currently inadequate (but adequate for their current purposes) into adequate data for family, domestic and sexual violence information (outlined in Diagram 7), is a key challenge. Any efforts to improve organisations statistical information should complement the primary purpose of data collection, and not be at the expense of core business functions.
Transforming inadequate data into adequate data is crucial in strengthening the existing family, domestic and sexual violence evidence base. The actions outlined in the following chapter will help address the deficiencies in existing datasets and improve the overall utility of administrative data.
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