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APPENDIX 2 – EXAMPLE DESCRIPTIONS OF PRODUCTS

This Appendix provides template descriptions of a range of products envisaged for use in the Australian Health Survey. There are several examples here of a number of products that are critical or might be commonly used to make information from the survey available. These type of templates with mock-up designs will be used to engage with the Data Users Advisory Group at the next level of consultation regarding output.

PRODUCT 1: SINGLE WEB PAGES – SINGLE TOPIC

Description
  • Using a standardised template these single web pages will be web based HTML pages that will mainly focus on a single topic (e.g. a risk factor, disease or indicator).
  • Several of the single pages may be logically grouped in the web portal to form related topics (e.g. cardiovascular disease linked with smoking, alcohol and physical activity).
  • The single web pages will contain simple interpretive writing in a style that is engaging and interesting. They will utilise simple graphics (graphs, pictures) and basic tables.
  • The single web pages may create links to basic downloadable support tables.
  • The single web pages may serve as benchmarks, against which users can check their own work or can be used to draw high level health messages for the public or media.

Information users
  • Public
  • Media
  • Government, NGOs
  • Researchers - in part

Priority (high, medium, low)
  • High

Issues/parameters
  • Design templates in conjunction with users and ABS web publishing guidelines.
  • Data will be drawn from the base data files, ensuring compatibility with Survey Table Builder and support tables.
  • Use web data visualisation and delivery tools to create and maintain product.
  • The product may be refreshed/replaced from preliminary data to final data.

Cost (high, medium, low)
  • Low

In/out budget for AHS
  • Within budget

PRODUCT 2: BASIC RELEASE TABLES

Description
  • Standardised sets of tables extracted by topic, utilising a standardised format with two or three dimensions in each table.
  • These tables should be fully labelled and presented in an Excel format, readily printable by the user.
  • The tables may be batched so that common technical notes can be provided across all tables.
  • The tables will be confidentialised and drawn primarily from Survey Table Builder to ensure speed of production and cross compatibility with other tables.
  • The tables should be structured into groups by topic, allowing for repetition (virtual or linked) and should underpin most of the product releases (i.e. produce once, use multiple times).

Information users
  • Public - in part
  • Media - in part
  • Government, NGOs
  • Researchers

Priority (high, medium, low)
  • High

Issues/parameters
  • Some of these table sets may be released in a staged way, meeting the highest priority core table sets early.
  • Table production will draw on knowledge of previous NHS table demand and use.
  • Table designs will consider the levels of geography, populations, category breakdowns and cut points, RSEs, counts, indicator alignment, confidentiality, previously published data.

Cost (high, medium, low)
  • High

In/out budget for AHS
  • Within budget for high-priority topics

PRODUCT 3: USER DOCUMENTATION

Description
  • These will be descriptive documents about methodological parts of the survey that will guide users as to the utilisation of the output products.
  • Using a web interface, the documentation should be multi-level and arranged into themes and topics, so that users can pursue more depth through links and hover boxes.
  • They will be written in a user-friendly manner, which focus on the various audiences that we have.
  • There should be a single set of user documentation covering core table sets, method, interpretative material, CURFs, RADL access, Survey Table Builder and the survey questionnaires.
  • Qualitative feedback from survey managers, interviewers and respondents will be built into the documentation.

Information users
  • Public
  • Media
  • Government, NGOs
  • Researchers

Priority (high, medium, low)
  • High

Issues/parameters
  • All stakeholders will need to be consulted about the level of detail in user documentation. The documentation should be tailored for each group depending on their needs.
  • The documentation will need to be tested against users to ensure that their needs are met.
  • These will be presented in more of a web-based format, moving away from the single document format, however mechanisms may be built for users to print or export sections of the document or the entire document for reference.

Cost (high, medium, low)
  • Medium

In/out budget for AHS
  • Within budget

PRODUCT 4: USER WORKSHOPS

Description
  • Stakeholders have indicated a demand for a comprehensive education around the use of AHS data. One way of delivering this would be through user workshops run by the ABS.
  • These workshops would need to occur around Australia and should be tailored to meet the needs of a policy-related audience.
  • They should cover topics identified in user documentation and provide demonstrations of the AHS website, Survey Table Builder and CURFS, as well as discussing RADL, methodological, and analytical issues.
  • These workshops may be provided free of charge or for a small nominal fee and may be tailored to particular sets of topics (e.g. biomedical, nutrition) as well as the generic AHS platform.

Information users
  • Public
  • Media
  • Government, NGOs
  • Researchers

Priority (high, medium, low)
  • Medium

Issues/parameters
  • These workshops would largely be tailored to policy makers and researchers.
  • The ABS would need to generate educational materials working with ABS National Training and Development – this may evolve to online educative materials – and train workshop facilitators in delivering appropriate workshops, which may involve ABS State and Territory Statistical Services.
  • These would be hands-on, interactive workshops and users would be encouraged to bring their laptops.

Cost (high, medium, low)
  • Medium to high

In/out budget for AHS
  • Out of budget

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