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4529.0.00.002 - Bridging the data gaps for family, domestic and sexual violence, 2013  
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APPENDIX 2 – ENVIRONMENT SCAN: METHODOLOGY

An environmental scan was conducted to identify key data holdings and flows between organisations. A two-stage process was used to minimise resource and time constraints. One state was chosen as a case study, the findings from this state were used to inform desktop research and conversations with other states and territories. The environmental scan commenced in Victoria and discussions were held with:

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet;
  • Department of Justice (Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit, Courts and Victim Support Agency);
  • Department of Human Services (Children, Youth & Families. Child Protection, Housing & Community Building and Family Violence & Sexual Assault Unit);
  • Ambulance Victoria;
  • State Coroner;
  • Department of Health;
  • Community Health providers;
  • National Coronial Information System (NCIS) data custodians;
  • Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS); and
  • Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

These meetings provided an understanding of the data complexities and data flows within and between organisations. This informed a national review of the data environment. Desktop research and discussions with ABS offices in each state and territory were conducted to locate publicly available information about the core organisations. Existing networks and stakeholder groups were then used to confirm where more agency specific information was required. The detailed findings presented in Understanding the environment and Appendix 3 are based largely on the Victorian case study and supplemented by state and territory specific desktop research.

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