There are three areas of focus within our data management offering:

  1. Developing profiles using a wide range of data sources (e.g. Community Profiles). We maintain a resource of available public data resources here. Profile documents are developed using this publicly available data, as well as requests through systems such as HOSdata, and internal teams (e.g. GIS). This work includes framework development for concise and logical report structures that meet the needs of key stakeholders and link through to key strategic documents (e.g. Community Vision, Health and Wellbeing Plan, and Council Plan).
  2. Keeping track of in-house research and consultation projects – This offering is ideal for Local Councils who wish to easily document all of the research and consultation conducted by the organisation, to facilitate shared learning, ensure consistency in research approach and assist in the auditing process.
  3. Management of research data – As computers and the internet become more sophisticated, businesses face a growing wealth of information and data. There are many opportunities to use systems to help manage, keep track of and dynamically present this data.

At ASDF Research we work with key stakeholders in your organisation to develop data management systems which are easy to use, and provide your staff and clients with useful information in a timely manner. Services include:

  • Community Profiles, to meet the requirements of the Public Health Act of 2008 that Council’s have a Municipal Health and Wellbeing Plan, accompanied by a municipal scan (Victorian Department of Health Guide to Municipal Health and Wellbeing Planning, Section 2.3) to provide “a preliminary understanding of the health and wellbeing status of the community and the determinants that contribute to this status.”
  • Research and Consultation database, to help keep track of projects occurring throughout the organisation. Databases are designed in consultation with your staff to ensure it is easy to use, provides the relevant information for your organisation, and slots into your current IT systems. These databases typically involve an easy to complete form to log a project, calendar of research, resources to assist with project design, and a fully searchable database to facilitate shared learning.
  • Dashboards which link through to data sources and will dynamically update as the data files update (for instance, tracking surveys). These are graphically designed to meet the clients’ style guides.
  • Volunteer management databases. In the past we have assisted with implementation and training using the Nationbuilder software, but are currently exploring alternatives with better privacy protocols.

Some examples of work we have conducted in this area follow…

Healthy Tracks to School

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Online surveys with parents and students at selected schools. Included detailed analysis document.

DEWLP Planning Digital Audit

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100% response rate with Victorian Local Council planning departments to help understand digital capabilities.

DAMP engagement

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Representative sampling of rates database with detailed analysis.

Community Profile framework and development

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Development of a framework for Council's community profile, then put together the profile document using publicly available data. Included an intranet site for Council staff.

Climate Action Plan research

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In collaboration with Market Solutions we undertook research to understand community perceptions of Climate Action, to inform the development of a local council Climate Action Plan.

COVID-19 Community survey

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ASDF Research developed a free community survey available for Councils to use to understand the impact of the pandemic on their communities. This was used by a number of Councils.