We’ve always been passionate about what can be done to help disadvantaged people and particularly a group of young people whose stories don’t often get told – those in our youth justice system. We have linked data in Victoria to evidence-based messages about youth justice to build empathy for young people caught in the justice system’s maze and think about we want the system to be doing instead.
We have explored Victoria’s data to see if we can align what we know about where these young people come from and what they’ve been through to evidence-based messages. We used ABS shape files, and linked youth offending data from the Crime Statistics Agency Victoria with SEIFA data from the ABS and population estimates from the ABS to map youth offending across the state and assess its link to disadvantage. We used tableau to create diagrams and maps, and undertake some data matching and python's pandas and matplot lib packages to undertake some statistical analysis of the linked dataset. We also used surveys reported through parliamentary inquiries to create graphs illustrating the experiences of many young people in the juvenile justice system in Victoria.
Helping a social impact ‘start up’ (small organisation) to tell their story
Small and informal community/interest groups who have formed to solve local problems need data to know if their activities are making a difference and to re-design programs. How can we help these groups tell their story through data so they can seek support (political, financial, and on the ground) by showing how their programs are working, and decide where to focus next?
In recent years, data story telling has emerged as a powerful and engaging form of communication. Using any data that you can find on data.vic tell us an interesting story in the form of a feature article or video report.