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Where else can I find and access evidence?

In addition to the Evidence Portal, below are some other sources where you can find and access evidence.

The Data Exchange Self-Service Reports

The Data Exchange has a number of different reports that:

  • collate and analyse the data you have entered about your services and clients
  • provide population-level data to help us understand the communities our services are delivered in.

You can access these reports through the Data Exchange at any time. See below for more information about each report:

Data Profiles and Local Priorities

In 2019, we developed three resources to support the recommissioning process:

  • District Data Profiles
  • Local Priorities
  • Their Futures Matter data pack

These resources will help you understand need in your local area. They are available on the TEI program website.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

The ABS provides data on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters. There are a number of different ABS resources that you might find useful.

  • Quickstats: provides a high-level summary of demographic information (e.g. age, education, employment, income, family composition). This data is available at a number of different levels e.g. nationwide, state, LGA, suburb etc. Use the search box to find the area you’re interested in.
  • Community Profiles: can be used for researching, planning and analysing geographic areas for different social, economic and demographic characteristics. You can access ‘General Community’ profiles and ‘Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ profiles.

This data is available at a number of different levels e.g. nationwide, state, LGA, suburb etc. Use the search box to find the area you’re interested in.

Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)

The AEDC measures the development of children in their first year of school. It can tell us if children are developmentally on track or if they need more support through their school years. AEDC data is usually available at postcode level and so useful in understanding local need in relation to the early development of children.

You can access the AEDC Data Explorer for information about children’s development at the state, community, and local community level.

HealthStats NSW

HealthStats NSW provides data on a number of different topics, including alcohol and substance misuse, mental health, obesity, immunisation and maternal health.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR)

BOCSAR provides data on crime, victims and offenders in NSW LGAs, suburbs or postcodes. There are a number of different BOCSAR resources that you might find useful:

Other DCJ Resources

The DCJ Resource Centre has a number of different resources that provide information about DCJ clients, the services they receive and the outcomes they achieve. These resources include:

Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)

AIFS routinely publish reports, factsheets and research summaries on their Publications page. You can filter publications by topic.

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) produce a series of publications which explore how research applies to policy and practice. Topics range from communities and neighbourhoods to family support programs. You can find these on their Publications page.

Subscribe to CFCA News. This will notify you when new CFCA publications are released.

Parenting Research Centre

The Parenting Research Centre routinely publish reports, submissions, academic journal articles and evidence reviews on their Publications page.

These publications are about supporting children and families to thrive by improving parent’s skills and knowledge.

The Parenting Research Centre also hosts a Telepractice Hub of evidence-informed resources to help services use digital technologies to reach more families, more effectively.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

The AIHW routinely publish reports and resources related to the health and welfare of Australians. You can access information on population groups, including mothers and babies. Their data collections hold information on a wide range of topics, including child protection, mental health and Aboriginal communities.

The Analysis and Policy Observatory (APO)

The APO is a website where you can access public policy research. This research covers a broad range of relevant topics, including communities and neighbourhoods, inclusion, child protection, parenting and families etc.

You can subscribe to the APO Newsletter to keep up to date with the latest policy and practice research.

You can also upload your own publications (e.g. evaluation reports) to the APO website.

Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration is a research network that produces systematic evidence reviews, plain English summaries and policy briefs. Topics include early education, crime and justice, parenting, families and communities.

You can:

Open-access libraries

Search open-access libraries to find academic research evidence:

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Last updated: 15 Sep 2022