WHAT IS THE UNDERLYING STRUCTURE OF MAP?
MAP provides a picture of Australia's progress by presenting a range of statistical measures that demonstrate change, grouped under three broad domains: the society, the economy and the environment.
Within these broad domains several dimensions are addressed, such as health and work within the social domain, national income within the economic domain, and biodiversity within the environmental domain.
Within each dimension there are a range of statistical measures presented, known as progress indicators. These indicators together tell a story about the extent of progress within that dimension.
The indicators directly address the notion of progress, but other measures are also included that provide context for the progress information. In addition, for some dimensions information that relate to specific groups of interest, such as older people, men and women, or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is included.
Headline and Supplementary Dimensions
Altogether, MAP has seventeen headline dimensions of progress. These dimensions reflect key aspects of life and are considered important in assessing whether life in Australia is getting better.
In addition, there are five supplementary dimensions. Although not given headline status, these are included in MAP in recognition of their relevance to the progress story.
For a full list of dimensions and indicators see Appendix A.
This information provides important context to the information summarised in the headline and supplementary indicators. For example, the health dimension headline indicator tells us how long the average Australian is expected to live for, whereas the contextual information provides details on the quality of life such as the number of people living with a disability or the leading causes of death. The contextual information draws out some of the key points underlying the data.
This part of the product is useful for those who relate more easily to text than graphs.
Population Group Information
Rates of progress may differ between various subgroups of the Australian population. Where possible we have included state and territory differences, age and sex differences, data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and international comparisons. Our commentary draws attention to differences that are particularly noticeable.
International comparison, References and Glossary
International comparisons for the headline and/or supplementary indicator(s) are included for each dimension, where possible. This information is important as it shows where Australia sits internationally.
In addition, every dimension has a list of references and a glossary to explain the terms used in the text.
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