The challenge of profiling communities

Martin Frost and Gillian Harper

in The National Evaluation of Sure Start

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861349507
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303909 | DOI:
The challenge of profiling communities

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This chapter describes the use that was made of the Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify young children living in the Sure Start Local Programme (SSLP) neighbourhoods to take part in the Impact Study of the National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS), and to adapt existing data or commission new data that would allow the nature of the SSLPs to be described by the Local Context Analysis (LCA) team, while also allowing assessment of their change over the lifetime of the evaluation. It describes the method used to translate programme boundaries from paper maps into a digital form that could be used with GIS software. The chapter also discusses the second stage of the process, which identifies a key that could link households living within an SSLP to records which would identify the presence of young children and that could be used to link the SSLP's households to other types of data which could be used to derive profiles of the SSLPs. It notes that this key was the postcode system applied to all UK addresses.

Keywords: Geographical Information System; SSLPs; Sure Start; Local Context Analysis; GIS software; postcode system; UK addresses

Chapter.  5118 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Marriage and the Family

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