The Child Development Atlas (CDA) project will geographically map aggregated area-level data on child health, social, learning, and development indicators, overlaid by locations and catchment areas of child- and family-oriented services and programs.
The CDA will be an online, interactive mapping tool that will enable the profiling of geographic areas within the State, to inform the planning and development of policies, services, and programs aimed at improving the outcomes of Western Australian children.
Translation of findings from this mapping project will primarily be aimed at a government agency level, with significant benefits expected to be realised for the Western Australian community.
Objectives of CDA
Early investigation and consultation has identified that Western Australian child development researchers, service/program providers, and policy-informants do not have ready access to a high quality, online, interactive tool that maps:
Geo-spatial information on child development, learning and social indicators for Western Australia; or
Geo-spatial information on relevant child development programs and services that are funded/delivered via a range of Western Australian Government agencies.
The CDA will map both types of geo-spatial information to increase capacity for program/service evaluation and planning, and to provide comprehensive spatial profiles of child development, learning, and social outcomes
Expected benefits of CDA
Improved identification of priority areas for research relevant to the health and wellbeing of children and young people
Reduction in research costs through free access to quality data not previously easily accessible
Improved tracking of population-level changes in child health, development, learning, and social indicators over time
Improved access to data that can inform place-based approaches to service delivery and geographically-sensitive policy
Improved inter-agency collaboration in coordination, planning, and delivery of child- and family-oriented services
Improved intra-agency planning and delivery of child- and family-oriented services
Improved inter-agency collaboration in developing solutions to complex problems confronting children and families
Improved knowledge of community profiles and community needs in terms of priority areas
Informed decision making for service provision
Access to useful and timely data for policy and service planning purposes
Improved identification of priority areas and issues for addressing child disadvantage through policy and prevention measures
Access to quality, reliable and easily interpretable data, in one location, for informing service planning
Provision of a platform for data sharing to guide informed decisions about service delivery and policy development
The CDA is scheduled for release in March 2019
New Australia-first tool aims to improve service delivery to children and families