To help organisations do more with their existing resources, ISSR regularly partners with NGOs, not-for-profits, and government departments to help them better undertand and analyse their administrative data and identify new approaches for using the data to monitor, evaluate, and improve service delivery.

Recently, the ISSR Research Methods and Social Statistics team, led by Professor Michele Haynes, partnered with the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health and the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) to deliver a scoping study of IUIH's data potential. This study will investigate the Institute’s current data stores and determine how these existing resources can be utilised to better evaluate health service delivery for South East Queensland’s Indigenous populations. 

Responsible for the planning, development and delivery of primary health care services to more than 65,000 Indigenous Australians, the country’s second largest Indigenous population, IUIH is keen to ensure the services they offer continue to promote health and wellbeing for their patients and community members.

The investigation, titled Indigenous Community Health: A scoping study, will examine the potential of IUIH data resources across 18 multidisciplinary primary health clinics throughout their regional network.

The study, to be led by ISSR Deputy Director (Research), Professor Michele Haynes, and ISSR Research Fellows, Danilo Bolano and Andrew Smith, is designed to help IUIH better understand the data they have captured, and discover how it can be used as an evidence base to evaluate service effectiveness. The study aims to determine if the existing data is sufficient to undertake effective evaluation, or if the data can be further enhanced to enable a more rigorous evaluation of services provided.

The study is the first of a multi-stage research plan, with study results to be used to map out future research and establish the tools and knowledge IUIH needs to better record, understand, analyse and monitor their data, driving service improvements, and boosting patient outcomes.

Statistical methodologist, Professor Haynes, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the project. Having publishing extensively in the areas of statistics, sociology and health, she is considered a social statistics authority, and will bolster the study with her comprehensive skills in the analysis of complex longitudinal data.

The study has been funded by the Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, an organisation committed to achieving health equality for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

23 September 2016