Outcomes:
  • Contextualise the role of longitudinal surveys managed by the Department of Social Services in decision making and planning and their relevance for social policy
  • Raising the expertise in Longitudinal Data Analysis techniques in application to government
  • Providing government staff with skills in advanced quantitative methods to make informed, evidence-based policy decisions
  • Strengthening the partnership between ISSR and the Department for Social Services in fostering greater collaborations for the delivery of research services
Recommendations:
  • Engaging policy research community from other Commonwealth and state government departments to address the gap in knowledge of statistical methods
  • Provide ongoing support in the application, analysis and interpretation of longitudinal and advanced statistical methods
Policy Impact:
  • Ensure that social policy is based on evidence from strong statistically robust analyses
  • Provide Department of Social Services staff with the necessary tools to review research and other outputs that use advanced statistical methods
Future Challenges:
  • Continue finding innovative ways of engaging with government and other interested parties in the delivery of advanced quantitative methods in a simple and non-technical manner

Department of Social Services (DSS) Longitudinal Analysis Training

The aim of the course is to provide up to date knowledge to the Department of Social Services (DSS) on methods and techniques for undertaking longitudinal survey data analysis. This will furnish participants with an indepth understanding of how to analyse, interpret, and present longitudinal data with the view of better informing policy outcomes.

This course is an applied longitudinal data analysis workshop with a strong focus on Australian longitudinal data sets – the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) and the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children (LSIC). The course is targeted to participants with a basic understanding of data analysis and some familiarity of longitudinal data, but will introduce and explore the different techniques available for undertaking research on longitudinal data. It will cover a range of topics such as the measurement of change, the survey methodology underpinning the Australian longitudinal data and statistical methods to better answer policy relevant questions.

Funding: 
Department of Social Services (DSS)
Date: 
2012 to 2014
Time status: 
Complete
Contact: 
Associate Professor Michele Haynes (m.haynes@uq.edu.au )
Outcomes:
  • Contextualise the role of longitudinal surveys managed by the Department of Social Services in decision making and planning and their relevance for social policy
  • Raising the expertise in Longitudinal Data Analysis techniques in application to government
  • Providing government staff with skills in advanced quantitative methods to make informed, evidence-based policy decisions
  • Strengthening the partnership between ISSR and the Department for Social Services in fostering greater collaborations for the delivery of research services
Publications and Reports: 
  • Developing handbooks for manual and practical exercises
  • See review document
Cluster: 
Type: 
Quantitative
Multi-level Modeling
Longitudinal Outcomes
Keywords: 
Wellbeing
Families
Disadvantage
Life course
Number: 
ISSR060388