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Age UK Local Statistics Tool User Guide


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This User Guide introduces the Local Statistics Tool for Age UK Partners and explains how they can get the most out of data for their area.

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Age UK Local Statistics Tool User Guide

  1. 1. Local Statistics Tool User Guide Vivienne Avery AgeUK Research 2013 Contact:
  2. 2. Why use local data? • To deepen your understanding of older people and their needs in your area • To understand the key drivers for funders and commissioners • To complement and support your qualitative expert knowledge • To support the identification of local priorities and hot spots • To ensure your services are targeted where they are most needed • To develop a dynamic planning process • To help you to measure impact
  3. 3. Benefits of using the tool I presented the stats tool to staff to demonstrate the level of intelligence that can be called upon from Age UK. This is increasingly important as we move in to a more clinical world of commissioning and have to demonstrate the worth of our services in more quantitative ways. Alison Waters, Age UK, London & South I just had the link for the Local Statistics tool forwarded to me and had to comment on what a useful and well-constructed spreadsheet it is. To be able to access so much London borough information with just a couple of clicks is very valuable indeed. Ben Donovan, Age UK, London As a community fundraiser I can tell you I have found this and the previous versions priceless and am always referring to it for various event’s, letters and pitches. Only this Tuesday myself and our Home Services Manager gave a pitch to our local sainsbury’s as we had been shortlisted for their charity of the year and used numerous facts taken from this tool. Lawrie Mallyon, AgeUK Horsham
  4. 4. Key features of the tool • Data for all 365 Local/Unitary authorities, regions + Home NationsLocal areas • Broad range of topics from population to service use and lifestyleTopic range • Select an area for a profile comparing this to your regional and national averageLocal Area Profiles • Choose up to 8 areas for a profile comparing dataArea Comparison • Reliable estimates from official statisticsData quality • instantly see how your area compares to the national picture Maps • user friendly access to data on ageingSimplicity
  5. 5. Statistics Tool Themes • Population • Ethnicity • Living Arrangements • Life Expectancy • Health / Health Services • Social Care & Carers • Mortality & End of Life • Pensions, Poverty and Exclusion • Employment and Lifestyle
  6. 6. Accessing the spreadsheet The most up-to-date version is on AGEnet Updates are announced in the weekly Signpost bulletin To access the tool, click on: Resources Information and Advice Information Resources Local Statistics
  7. 7. Maximising the screen 1. Click the ‘maximise’ button 2. Click the left hand arrow to all worksheets are visible 2. Click the left hand arrow 1. Click the ‘maximise’ button
  8. 8. Use the Index worksheet to navigate to where you want to go • The spreadsheet contains 9 worksheets • Click on the ‘Index’ worksheet for an explanation of each worksheet
  9. 9. Finding the Indicator you need Click on the worksheet ‘List of Indicators’ Scroll down through the list in Column B to find the item of interest Click on the link to go to that item in the ‘Data’ worksheet Browse other columns in this worksheet provide more information about each indicator 2. Scroll down to browse through the indicator list 3. Click on a link to go to the desired indicator 1. Click on the ‘List of Indicators’ worksheet
  10. 10. Using the ‘Data’ worksheet The ‘Data’ worksheet lists areas in rows and indicators in columns National and English regional totals are listed first, followed by  local authorities  social care responsibility areas that are county councils  Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland local authorities/districts To find your area either scroll down through the list Or use the ‘search’ function
  11. 11. To search for a local area • Click at the top of column D to highlight the column • Click on ‘find and select’ • Type in part of the area name • Click ‘find next’ if a different area comes up at first • Highlight the row for that area to read across for all the indicators 1. Click to highlight Column D 2. Click ‘Find and Select’ and type in area name
  12. 12. Using Social Care data • About half of the areas responsible for providing social care are local/unitary authorities, and half are county councils • Social care data is stored in the relevant row • Data for the county councils can be found by scrolling down below the local authorities
  13. 13. Local Area Profiles • This tool provides an overview of statistics on older people in your area and compares this to the regional and national average • Simply select an area from the drop-down list and the profile is created automatically • You can print or save the profile as a .pdf by clicking the buttons (you may need to enable macros in your version of Excel) Select chose authority from drop-down menu
  14. 14. • This tool allows you to compare similar data to the local profile for up to 8 areas • You select the areas in the same way from the drop- down menu • There are buttons to save a pdf and print the profiles Area comparison profiles
  15. 15. Maps of selected indicators • A selection of maps provide a snapshot of how your area compares with the national pattern • To adjust the size for a better view, either • use the zoom feature within excel, • or click on the map and drag and corners • or cut and paste into another document • The maps are .jpeg files and can be cut and pasted into other documents for your own use
  16. 16. Lower level analysis • This worksheet tells you how to get data for different geographies including smaller areas • Data for smaller areas provide a more precise picture but are only available for a few indicators • In future we hope to include these in the tool • If you have a mapping request for lower level data please contact Research
  17. 17. Web tool on the Knowledge Hub • We developed an interactive map tool for the Parliamentary Conferences showing data by Parliamentary Constituency • Added this to the Knowledge Hub • Go to Age UK website, click on ‘For professionals’ at the top then ‘Knowledge Hub’ from menu at RHS • We hope to update this in 2013 with new statistics and updated definitions of the areas covered by local partner Age UKs. hub-evidence-statistics/interactive-maps-of-ageing-/
  18. 18. Feedback • There are currently over 50,000 data items in the spreadsheet. We have done some intensive checking but there may still be errors. Please let us know if something looks odd • We need your feedback • Comments on the content and design feed into our future planning • Details of how you have used the tool (especially income generation) to help make the case to continue this work • Requests for future items • Send your feedback to or contact / tel: 0203 033 1381