What measures have been put in place to ensure privacy protection and security of data?
All data displayed in the Child Development Atlas are aggregated to the relevant geographic boundary prior to being uploaded into the maps - no individual data is displayed in the maps or accessible to users of the Child Development Atlas. All data is stored on the secure server at the Telethon Kids Institute, which is protected from unauthorised external access via networks through the use of firewalls and secure encrypted access pathways.
Wherever possible, data are mapped to the smallest geographical boundary (Statistical Areas 2), which allows finer detail investigations of area level characteristics. Data from areas with small populations, or areas where few children have a particular outcome, are either not displayed in the maps, or mapped to a larger geographic boundary.
Why is access to the Child Development Atlas currently restricted?
The first phase of the Western Australian Child Development Atlas project is a proof of concept, which involves the development of a pilot Atlas using data from the Western Australian Department of Health, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Early Development Census, and Ngala parenting call centres.
The objective of the proof of concept is to develop a small-scale version of the proposed Child Development Atlas, and then conduct a formal evaluation of the functionality and format of the tool. During this time, access is restricted to a select group of pilot testers, who will be providing feedback on the utility of the tool, any suggested inclusions or deletions of indicators in the tool, and anticipated uptake of the tool for policy development, service planning, research, and cross-agency collaboration.
It is intended that the final version of the Child Development Atlas, due for completion in May 2019, will be publicly available.
What data are included in the Child Development Atlas?
The data displayed in the Child Development Atlas come from many datasets, including administrative, census, registry, and service data sources. Wherever possible, data has been mapped from 1990 onwards, for all children and young people (aged 0-18 years) residing in Western Australia. This includes some information on parents of these children (e.g., parental mental health diagnoses)
Mapping data from 1990 onwards allows the presentation of time-series and trends. This enables, for example, comparison of community profiles at two points in time before and after changes in policy and/or service delivery, which may help to reveal policy and/or service impact in a geographic area. Longitudinal data also enables analysis of trends in community profiles over time, showing how the characteristics of an area have changed. This information can inform place-based activities focused on improving outcomes for Western Australian children and young people.
Information about the specific indicators and respective data sources included in the Child Development Atlas is available on the CDA Indicators page.
What geographic information is used to assign a person to a geographic location?
Data are mapped in the Child Development Atlas according to the person's residential area, rather than the location of the service they attended (e.g., hospital, school). Data with address information are assigned a 'geolocation' - that is, the latitude and longitude of a person's residential address are used to assign a person to a geographical area (e.g., Statistical Area 2). To maintain data privacy, the residential address and latitute/longitude are removed from the data that are provided to us for mapping.
Do I need to install any software to be able to view the Child Development Atlas?
No. The Child Development Atlas is created using InstantAtlas, which enables users to view the maps in a web browser, with no software installation required. If you are having difficulty viewing the maps, try using an alternative browser such as Firefox.
Is service information available in the Child Development Atlas?
Wherever possible, locations of child- and family-oriented services are included in the Child Development Atlas. At this stage, however, no information is provided on the catchment of those services (i.e., the 'reach' of a service), nor the quality of the service. It is also possible that not all relevant services in an area are captured. If you are aware of a relevant service that has not been included in the Child Development Atlas, we encourage you to contact us by email.
During the pilot evaluation phase, we will be consulting with our stakeholders regarding ways in which we may be able to capture service catchments in addition to service location.