1370.0.00.003 - Information Paper: Measures of Australia's Progress Proposed Statistical Indicators, 2013  
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  • The overarching Society, Economy, Environment, and Governance areas of interest that have been used as an organising principle in MAP since its inception to guide and organise the consultation process. Each theme, aspiration, element and progress indicator falls into one of these four broad domains.
Aspirations and Themes
  • Within each of the four domains is a list of aspiration statements and themes.
  • The aspirations capture the main or headline ideas that Australians thought mattered most for societal progress.
  • Each theme summarises the main idea contained in the aspiration attached to it.
  • The theme acts as a short hand for the aspiration.
  • The full list of aspiration statements and themes are located in Appendix B.
  • Within each theme are elements related to that theme and aspiration.
  • The MAP consultation identified elements as the most important areas to be considered when thinking about each aspiration and theme.
  • Elements are descriptive and conceptual, in that they point towards progress measures for the aspirations.
  • Some elements will be represented by a progress indicator, while others are contextual only.
Progress Indicator and contextual information
  • Against many elements, a progress indicator is identified. Progress indicators are summary measures that reflect a central idea for the element. They are also especially chosen because they can (or will) be able to demonstrate clear positive or negative movement over time. That is, when the data points are plotted on a graph showing change over time, readers can see the aspect of life is moving clearly in a 'good' or ‘desired’ direction (signalling progress), clearly in a 'bad' or ‘undesirable’ direction (signalling regress) or there is no significant movement.
  • Progress indicators are chosen on the basis that most Australians would agree that the change they show can be unambiguously associated with progress or regress.
  • Contextual information provides important background to the summarised information at higher levels in the product.