A created data asset will help us understand how our education system is performing and evaluate the efficiency of mental health interventions delivered in schools to support students.

This project will create an enduring database linking education and wellbeing data from multiple databases, including enrollment, attendance, behaviour management, academic achievement and wellbeing of students, over time to reflect the students’ journey throughout their school life.

A collaborative, coordinated approach will maximise the comparability of data while still permitting the use of data that differs across States and Territories.

1 Existing datasets evaluated
State held data will be assessed for their quality, public interest and utility. A data harmonisation crosswalk document will be created from meta-data. A FAIR data guideline implementation plan will be developed.
2 Consultation with research advisory and end users
The data harmonisation crosswalk document will be used to consult with research advisory groups and end users; key variables will be selected and potential issues with harmonisation identified.
3 Data curation and merging
Partners will curate their datasets in line with the final harmonisation document. Datasets will then be transferred to the Department for Education SA to be cleaned and merged. Data access mechanisms will be finalised and tested.
4 Researcher access and transition to business as usual
Data will be accessible via FAIR guidelines to researchers via the Fraser Mustard Centre/DfE SA webpage. Meta-data/data dictionary information will be made available. Project outcomes tracking will begin.

Core features

Linkage of wellbeing data
The project will allow for increasingly influential mental health and wellbeing data to be linked, creating a framework for future data linkage and allowing for longitudinal assessment of children’s mental health.
Improvements to research outcome tracking
The inclusion of research outcomes tracking will allow for better understanding of how researchers are accessing, using, and disseminating the data asset.
Establish pathways to future success
This project will enable the pathways for future data linkage between partner organisations greatly improving the landscape of Australian data and research.

Who is this project for?

  • Peak bodies
  • Research organisations
  • Data analysts
  • Infrastructure providers
  • Government (state and commonwealth)

What does this project enable?

This project will enable high quality, policy relevant research on young people’s wellbeing and engagement during their schooling years by combining this with demographic, attendance, and NAPLAN data. This has direct consequences to young people’s education outcomes, adult outcomes, and Australia’s future economy.

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