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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Departmental Data

Photo of Anne RabbitteAnne Rabbitte (Galway East, Fianna Fail)
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284. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the status of the data depository of her Department with key indicators on data on children and youth affairs. [44154/19]

Photo of Katherine ZapponeKatherine Zappone (Dublin South West, Independent)
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Throughout 2018 and 2019, my department have been working on making key data on children and young people publicly available in the Central Statistics Office's (CSO) statbank. The data will be easily accessible in many formats, in line with the government's Open Data Initiative. All indicators available in State of the Nation's Children (SONC) and the Better Outcomes Brighter Futures (BOBF) indicator set will be included.

Regarding SONC in particular, my department has also been working on modernising the delivery of this report, developing methods to allow it to be updated directly from the underlying data tables on statbank, as mentioned above. In this way, the most recently published data will always be presented. This is a considerable improvement on the current situation, where the report is only updated biennially.

It is envisaged that the work on this project will be completed by the end of 2019. My department will issue further information around this time through the usual channels. In the meantime, should you be interested, all previous SONC reports are available on the department’s website ().


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