4914.0.55.001 - Newsletter: Age Matters, Nov 2007  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 05/11/2007   
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Information Development Plans (IDPs) map the broad issues and information needs for a given field to the available information sources, in order to determine information gaps, overlaps and deficiencies. An IDP presents priorities and a plan for action to improve information. It also provides a framework for the systematic improvement, integration and use of data sources. IDPs are developed through consultation and collaboration, with responsibilities for actioning specific data development actions accepted by appropriate agencies.

The ABS is due to release Improving Statistics on Older Persons: An Information Development Plan (cat. no. 4146.0) on the 20th December 2007. This IDP presents:

  • a current picture of statistics on older persons, in relation to the stakeholders and relevant government policies and initiatives
  • an overview of the current data available to inform research and policy development
  • identification of data issues and gaps
  • a discussion and description of the directions for data development
  • activities, both proposed and already underway to address the data needs.

Following the release of Improving Statistics on Older Persons: An Information Development Plan (cat. no. 4146.0), a meeting of the National Ageing Statistics Advisory Group will take place in early 2008 to discuss the data development actions documented in the IDP.

For information about the IDP please contact Mark Chalmers on (07) 3222 6307 or email ageing@abs.gov.au.