Since the release of the 2015 AEDC results in March, the latest findings are available through the interactive Data Explorer tool.
Data Explorer provides a personalised way of looking at the latest AEDC results. A search field allows users to filter information and results by:
- geographical location
- census year
- data for children who are developmentally vulnerable, at risk or on track for each domain
The Data Explorer reports on results at four different geographic levels, AEDC Local Communities and AEDC Communities, which are equal to suburbs and Local Government Areas respectively, State/Territory and National. Users are able to view AEDC results at these geographic levels, and compare across AEDC Local Communities within an AEDC Community.
The tool allows for comparisons across the five AEDC domains for the three data collection periods (2009, 2012, and 2015), showing how results have tracked over time and highlights whether there have been any significant changes for a selected AEDC Community or Local Community.
Data Explorer also provides the option of viewing the AEDC results based on the number of children or percentage of children vulnerable, at risk or on track with the option of representing the information visually through tables, maps and graphs. Users can download the data in a range of formats, as PDF documents and as images, and more data-specific outputs such as Excel for tables and shapefiles for maps.
Additionally, detailed information about communities can be explored by downloading community profiles for AEDC Communities in Australia. These community profiles provide AEDC results from the three data collection periods across various Local Communities in each Community.
Data Explorer is a useful tool for researchers, communities, schools and parents, with each group able to retrieve data about the AEDC that is most useful to them. For example, researchers are able to explore and visualise data on a larger scale looking at State and Territory differences, or on a smaller scale, for example, comparing AEDC data across Local Communities. For schools, parents and local communities, the Data Explorer is particularly useful in tracking how their Local Community is faring across each domain over time.
Many new features have been added to the Data Explorer since the last collection and more will be added between now and the end of June.
For users interested in looking at specific AEDC results for a community or looking to compare results across time, location or across domains, Data Explorer is a great way to do this. Click here to access Data Explorer.