TRANSFORMING DATA INTO STATISTICAL INFORMATION - OVERVIEW
Family, domestic and sexual violence is a crosscutting issue (by sector and jurisdiction) and as a result, statistical information is fragmented and dispersed amongst a range of sectors and organisations. To improve current information sources, an understanding of the quality of data held by organisations is required. Once this has been achieved, steps can then be taken to improve the comparability and consistency of these datasets.
A first step towards data consistency in this field is to be clear on what data exists, and the type of information that is required to inform decision making. Information requirements should be outlined to provide answers to as many research and policy questions as possible in a timely manner, and to the appropriate level of geographic detail. As a consequence a number of issues should be considered when determining information requirements for family, domestic and sexual violence that inform:
- the creation of nationally consistent data;
- a flexible evidence base that can respond to changing needs;
- the facilitation of ongoing data collection; and
- increased information sharing and improved communication practices.
To understand how data are transformed into statistical information, findings from the priority setting exercise and environment scan have been examined from a data perspective. These were then drawn together to highlight how this information could be used to turn data into statistical information about family, domestic and sexual violence.
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