Using Tellus data for National and Local Indicators

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Using Tellus data for National and Local Indicators

  1. 1. Using Tellus data for National and Local Indicators John Doherty: Young People Analysis, DCSF DCSF Conference: The Use of Evidence in Policy Development and Delivery, 9 February 2010
  2. 2. Five National Indicators use Tellus data <ul><li>NI50 – Emotional health of children </li></ul><ul><li>NI69 – Children who have experienced bullying </li></ul><ul><li>NI110 – Young People’s participation in positive activities </li></ul><ul><li>NI115 – substance misuse by Young People </li></ul><ul><li>NI199 – children and Young People’s satisfaction with parks and play areas </li></ul>
  3. 3. NI110 – Young People’s participation in positive activities <ul><li>Matters because: </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence suggests structured/supervised activities help develop social and emotional skills </li></ul><ul><li>And help prevent engagement in risky behaviours </li></ul><ul><li>10 Year Strategy (Aiming High) – substantial activity and expenditure (e.g. myplace centres) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Measure uses two questions <ul><li>In last 4 weeks, have you taken part in any group activity led by an adult outside school lessons (e.g. sports, arts, youth group)? </li></ul><ul><li>Which of these things have you been to in your free time in the last 4 weeks? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- local park or playground </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- sports club or class (not in school lessons and only count when you’ve done sport not just watched) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- a youth centre or club to take part in organised activities run by adults </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- a youth centre or club with few or no organised activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- religious, faith or community group (not services) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- art, craft, dance, drama, film/video making (not in school lessons) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- music group or lesson (not in school lessons) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- given your time to help a charity, a local voluntary group or done something else organised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- something else </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The positive activities calculation is simply: <ul><li>(x/y)*100 </li></ul><ul><li>Where: </li></ul><ul><li>x = number of young people (Tellus weighted data) in school </li></ul><ul><li>year 10 answering “yes” to the first question and/or claiming they </li></ul><ul><li>participated in the last 4 weeks in one or more of the following </li></ul><ul><li>structured activities: </li></ul><ul><li>sports club or class </li></ul><ul><li>youth club or youth group with organised activities run by adults </li></ul><ul><li>art, craft, dance, drama, film/video making group or class </li></ul><ul><li>music group or lesson </li></ul><ul><li>y = number of young people in year 10 responding to one or more of </li></ul><ul><li>the relevant questions (weighted Tellus data). </li></ul>
  6. 6. NI115 – Substance misuse by young people <ul><li>Matters because – strong evidence base of social and economic costs and personal damage from drug, alcohol and solvent misuse. </li></ul><ul><li>Range of (shared) YP-specific programmes and funding to help prevent and treat – Area Based Grant allocations to LAs, campaigns and help – e.g. FRANK </li></ul>
  7. 7. Measure uses a number of Tellus questions <ul><li>Ever had a whole alcoholic drink? </li></ul><ul><li>If yes, how many times been drunk in last 4 weeks? (None, 1, 2, 3+) </li></ul><ul><li>Ever taken drugs (not medicine or alcohol)? </li></ul><ul><li>If yes, how often taken in last 4 weeks – cannabis or skunk; solvents, glue or gas; others (e.g. cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, heroin, crack, speed, magic mushrooms ) (None,1, 2, 3+ times) </li></ul>
  8. 8. The substance misuse calculation is simply: <ul><li>(x/y)*100 </li></ul><ul><li>Where: </li></ul><ul><li>x = number of young people in years 6, 8 </li></ul><ul><li>and 10 that the Tellus survey estimates have either used </li></ul><ul><li>drugs/ volatile substances and/or been drunk at least </li></ul><ul><li>twice in the last 4 weeks or have used drugs/volatile </li></ul><ul><li>substances and been drunk once. </li></ul><ul><li>y = Tellus estimate of the total number of young people in </li></ul><ul><li>years 6, 8 and 10 responding to these questions in the </li></ul><ul><li>local population, based on school census data. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Challenges of using Tellus for national indicators <ul><li>Continuity disruptions – changes to the survey (often for good reasons) that undermine indicator comparisons over time - e.g. changes to questions, question order, timing </li></ul><ul><li>Sample and weighting changes – positive activities and, particularly, substance misuse findings are sensitive to the balance of response from years 6, 8 and 10 so weighting needs to compensate for this, but be consistent </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis changes – e.g. what population is included in the denominator (e.g. treatment of Not Answered and Prefer Not To Say responses) </li></ul><ul><li>Response – needs a decent response rate across all LAs to be disaggregated and it has taken time to build that up </li></ul>
  10. 10. Some findings from Tellus 3
  11. 12. Data tables and contact details: <ul><li>DCSF Research & Statistics Gateway – January 2009 for Tellus 3 indicators: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dcsf.gov.uk/rsgateway/DB/STR/d000828/TellusNIStatsRelease-FINAL090108.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>John Doherty – 0114 259 3553 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>

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