What is the PDC exactly? The visible part is the PDC website, but that is not the PDC. The PDC is both an online and offline data repository. PDC also conducts analysis on different sources and supports internal and external data users on how to use quantitative data. The PDC supports external research initiatives (CSDS-FCM) but has also started to shift into research production.
Results Based Accountability Population Accountability about the well-being of WHOLE POPULATIONS Performance (Program) Accountability about the well-being of CUSTOMER POPULATIONS For Programs – Agencies – and Service Systems For Communities – Cities – Counties – States - Nations is made up of two parts:
Forests are made of trees We plant and protect a tree Which contributes to preserve our forests Our forests give us oxygen, capture carbon and add to our quality of life
People & Programs Programs assist a challenge (e.g. literacy, labour force integration) Those programs contribute to groups of people’s well-being The sum and collective well-being improves our quality of life
Population Planning Examples Resilient PeopleStrong Families Vibrant Neighbourhoods and Communities Seniors are healthy and live independently Newcomers and immigrants thrive and integrate into community life Residents experience less poverty and hunger and have access to affordable housing Persons with disabilities live independent lives Families have a high quality of life Residents are actively engaged and involved in their community Residents live free from violence, especially women and children Children and youth reach their full potential Persons with mental illness are supported
Early Development Instrument –31.8% of children are vulnerable in one or more EDI domains –2007 scores are the first in new series (2004 is not comparable) –Curve will become available by Fall 2010 –Spatial inequities are “distribution curves” we want to correct. Children and youth reach their full potential. EDI Scores by SDA Source: Census 2006
Children & Youth Children and youth reach their full potential. Low Income Status Source: Census 2006
About turning curves Turning the curve is typically longitudinal (over time). –This is a valid measure but… Also keep in mind: –Spatial nature of indicators: zooming in adds new layers –Equity of indicators: while the overall indicator might be showing progress, some groups may be falling behind.
About population indicators You don’t have to measure them: –Have No Fear: the PDC is here! They will help you –Understand the context in which you operate –Inform current and growing needs –Detect priorities and vulnerable groups you may serve –Measure your own programs in contrast to the overall picture