4529.0 - Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence. , 2009  
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Contents >> Family and Domestic Violence in Australia A Conceptual Framework >> THE NATURE AND FUNCTIONS OF A CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK


Frameworks are a well recognised tool used to support statistical measurement, data analysis and analytical commentary. They represent a systematic and rigorous way of thinking about an area of interest, and promote standards, consistency and comparability across data collections and between jurisdictions and sectors. They can be used to direct investigation and to assess the coverage of statistical programs.

A primary function of a conceptual framework is to map the terrain surrounding an area of interest. Each identified element can represent a specific area about which information is required. Additionally, such a framework defines the scope of enquiry, delineates important concepts, and organises these into a logical structure showing the key relationships, processes and flows that exist between elements. Successful frameworks are logical in structure, comprehensive but concise, dynamic and flexible to allow for change, and cognisant of other frameworks, classifications and standards.

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