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POCLS is a world class resource available to inform policy and practice. Data from the Study is available to researchers via the following means:

Publicly available data

To access or download aggregated POCLS data, go to the following sections:

Customised requests for policy relevant research

Policy and program areas can also make a special request for aggregated POCLS data if it is not publically available in the Interactive Dashboards and POCLS publications section.

POCLS offers a service to assist policy and program agencies define their research questions and establish research partnerships using the Study data.

Customised requests may incur a programming fee and will be subject to approval by FACS. Please email Pathways@facs.nsw.gov.au to make a data request.

Access to confidentialised Unit Record Data

Unit record data from the POCLS will be available to researchers soon on formal application. The application and publication process for all research using POCLS unit record data  is outlined in the following POCLS technical reports:

Expression of Interest to undertake analysis funded by FACS

FACS will fund research projects that make use of the POCLS data asset.

An EOI will be open between April-June 2019 to fund up to 10 projects. Watch this space for the advertisement.

Apply to undertake analysis funded by external grants or organisations

POCLS data asset will be available to researchers who receive external grants or can self-fund projects approved by FACS.

Key steps to access unit record data:

  1. Research application:
    Researcher/s apply to FACS for approval to access and use POCLS data in a defined research project by completing a Research Proposal and Data Analysis Plan Application.  The completed Application can be emailed to Pathways@facs.nsw.gov.au.  
    The POCLS survey questionnaires, data dictionaries, data books and data user guides can assist you with this (see POCLS publications page).
  2. Research application review:
    FACS reviews the Research Proposal and Data Analysis Plan Application.
  3. Gain HREC approval for approved researchers:
    FACS will gain the approval on the researcher’s behalf from the study’s Human Research Ethics Committees.
  4. Sign FACS Research Agreement:
    Approved researchers are required to sign a FACS Research Agreement.
  5. Apply for SURE workspace:
    POCLS confidentialised unit record data are stored in the Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE) at the Sax Institute. The Sax Institute manages access applications and the granting of SURE licenses for POCLS data users.
    FACS will complete a Workspace Application Form on the researcher’s behalf to access the data in SURE.
  6. SURE agreement for provision of the project folder:
    A standard agreement for SURE access is prepared by the Sax Institute and the researcher will countersign.
  7. Access to data and data user resources:
    Approved researchers will be provided with data in SURE, as well as information about data user resources, training, support and publication guidelines.
  8. Publications:
    All publications using POCLS data will be reviewed by FACS, data custodians and ethics committees prior to publishing. All POCLS publications and journal articles will be available on POCLS publications.

Data user training

Approved researchers are required to undertake data user training before they can access POCLS data in SURE.

Watch this page for POCLS data user training and data user guide.

Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE)

The Secure Unified Research Environment (SURE), is a secure computing environment at the Sax Institute that approved POCLS researchers can log in to remotely to analyse POCLS data. Visit the SURE homepage for more information or contact the SURE team.

Technical support

There are several Technical Papers in POCLS publications to assist data users in their analysis of the POCLS data. Please refer to these in developing your research and data analysis plan.

List of approved POCLS projects

# Lead researcherInstitutionTopic Due date
1 Australian Institute for Family Studies Australian Institute for Family Studies Baseline Statistical Report (Wave 1) 2015
2 Professor Judy Cashmore University of Sydney Children’s Family Relationships in Out-of-Home Care (Waves 1-2) 2017
3 Professor Paul Delfabbro University of Adelaide Relative/kinship and foster care: A comparison of carer and child characteristics (Wave 1) 2017
4 Dr Fred Wulczyn Chapin Hall Centre for Children University of Chicago Placement stability (Wave 1-2) 2017
5 Professor Judy Cashmore University of Sydney Children’s Family Relationships in Out-of-Home Care (Waves 1-3) 2019
6 Professor Paul Delfabbro University of Adelaide Relative/kinship and foster care: A comparison of carer and child characteristics (Waves 1-3) 2019
7 Professor Paul Delfabbro University of Adelaide Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care (Waves 1-3) 2019
8 Professor Ilan Katz University of NSW Child and carer needs and services (Wave 1-2) 2018
9 Professor Ilan Katz University of NSW Casework support (Wave 1-3) 2019
10 Dr Michelle Townsend University of Wollongong Educational outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care (Waves 1-3) 2019
11 Dr Fred Wulczyn Chapin Hall Centre for Children University of Chicago Exits from out-of-home care (Waves 1-3) 2018
12Settlement Services International, FACS, Professor Paul Delfabbro & Professor Judy CashmoreCollaborationCulturally and linguistically diverse children and young people on out-of-home care (Waves 1-3)2019

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Contact us


FACS Insights, Analysis and Research who are leading the study:
Phone: 1800-997-960
Email: Pathways@facs.nsw.gov.au

I-view who are conducting the interviews:
Web page: www.iview.com.au
Phone: 1800-105-088

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