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1370.0.00.003 - Information Paper: Measures of Australia's Progress Proposed Statistical Indicators, 2013  
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Identifying progress indicators that best fit the aspirations represented in the refreshed MAP framework and that stay true to the MAP consultation, has been a challenging process. The ABS has sought to reconcile progress measures with the aspirations expressed by Australians. The framework encompasses many key aspects of life in Australia that reflect the aspirations Australians have for national progress.

In order to operationalise the refreshed MAP conceptual framework with a set of suitable progress indicators, the ABS has made an assessment of:

  • the conceptual fit of each indicator to its particular theme or element; and
  • the quality of each data source.
The application of these assessments to progress indicators of individual themes and elements shows both the basis for the indicator selection and the relationship between the refreshed MAP framework and the proposed indicators.

Section three contains the following tables:
  • Table 1 – an explanation of the assessments key (see below).
  • Table 2 – the list of the proposed headline indicators for MAP.
  • Table 3 – the full list of proposed indicators for the Society domain
  • Table 4 – the full list of proposed indicators for the Economy domain
  • Table 5 – the full list of proposed indicators for the Environment domain
  • Table 6 – the full list of proposed indicators for the Governance domain.
Please note only indicators of high or acceptable quality have been included.

Table 1: Quality Assessment Key

Target Diagram
Type of Indicator Description - assessment of conceptual fit

Icon for 'Direct measure'
Direct measureAn indicator that measures all of the concept reflected by the theme or element, i.e. a good conceptual 'fit' (e.g. Real net Worth for Prosperity theme - Economic Domain)

Icon for 'Partial measure'
Partial measureAn indicator that measures part of the concept reflected by the theme or element, where that part is considered significant enough to stand as an indicator for the theme or element as a whole, i.e. a partial conceptual 'fit' (e.g. Total area of vegetation cover for Land and Vegetation element - Environment Domain)

Icon for 'Indirect measure'
Indirect measureAn indicator that measures the concept reflected by the theme or element, whilst being somewhat conceptually separate from the central idea of the theme or element, i.e. a proxy for the idea, rather than good a conceptual ‘fit’. (e.g. Life expectancy for the Health theme - Social Domain)

Scale diagram
Quality of data sourceDescription - assessment of quality

Icon for 'High quality'
High qualityThe data source rates highly in terms of reliability, currency and methodology

Icon for 'Acceptable quality'
Acceptable qualityThe data source is acceptable in terms of reliability , currency and methodology

Icon for 'Limited quality'
Limited quality The data source is of limited quality in terms of reliability , currency and methodology

No indicators of ‘limited quality’ are proposed for inclusion, as the ABS does not believe that they would be suitable measures of progress in an official statistical release. For more information about the qualities that constitute high and acceptable quality please see the ABS Data Quality Framework (cat. no 1520.0).

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