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1  Introduction

This paper accompanies the release of an online interactive tool called Insights (see Insights allows users to visualise integrated government data at a very detailed level. The data used to construct Insights is from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI)[1], a secure database managed by Statistics NZ. All of the data included in Insights has been aggregated and is protected by Statistics NZ confidentiality rules. This means that no individual can be identified from either the data visualisation within the tool, or from the data sitting behind it. The data is completely anonymous.

Insights replaces the Social Investment Insights (SII) tool, which was launched by the Treasury in February 2016. Insights expands SII with updated content on children and youth at risk, new content, and new ways to visualise and map the data presented. The new content describes the outcomes achieved by children and youth at risk as they transition to adulthood, and their use of government services.

  • Youth transitions to adulthood - This part of the tool presents information on the activities of youth as they transition to adulthood. It provides a connection between childhood risk factors and future outcomes, both positive (participation in education and employment) and negative (NEET[2] and custodial sentences).
  • Use of education and employment services - This part of the tool provides information about education services used by young people aged 6 to 19 and employment services used by young people aged 15 to 24. It shows the extent to which children and youth at risk are accessing these services, both in absolute numbers, and relative to other youth, and how this varies across the country.

This paper summarises the content of the different parts of the Insights tool, describes the approach taken, outlines high level findings, and illustrates how the tool can be used to develop insights at a local level. The paper is intended to provide an introduction to Insights, and examples of how it can be used, but does not provide an exhaustive or comprehensive overview of its functionality or content. The tool is designed to allow for a broad range of approaches to be used to analysis, depending on the interest of the user.

Most visualisations in Insights allow analysis to be filtered by gender and/or ethnicity, however this paper focuses on the results for all children or young people in particular age groups. Insights also contains a large amount of information at a detailed geographical level, but the paper only presents a short introduction to the sub-national analysis that can be undertaken with the tool. The paper shows maps and graphs from the tool, but doesn't present all figures associated with these in numeric form. These are able to be derived from the tool itself and the data behind it.

Many of the maps and graphs in Insights can be downloaded, as can the data underlying them. This functionality will be developed further in future releases.

The rest of this paper is outlined as follows. Section 2 provides an overview of the data underlying the tool. Sections 3 to 5 give background to the different Insights pages, describe the data and the analytical approach taken, present high level findings, and illustrate the way Insights can be used to investigate geographical differences across New Zealand. Section 6 discusses the next steps.


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