Using integrated administrative data to understand youth at risk

The Government has publicly released data which will assist its agencies – and the social sector - to better understand the needs of the most vulnerable New Zealanders.

A paper entitled Using Integrated Administrative Data to Understand Children at Risk of Poor Outcomes as Young Adults describes the work undertaken in identifying target populations for the Youth Funding Review. Click here for a copy of the paper. 

This paper summarises findings from an analysis of integrated administrative data seeking to identify the characteristics of young people aged 15 to 24 who are most at risk of poor longterm outcomes. The research is part of a broader 'social investment approach' by government agencies seeking to target services more effectively towards those most at need and reflects the recognition that such an approach requires better evidence about who these at-risk groups are.

The analysis identifies those characteristics in the administrative data that are most predictive of a range of future poor outcomes and how this changes over the course of a young person's entry into adulthood and identifies groups of young people at particular risk at different ages. Please click here for a visual summary of the data collected.

This paper follows the release of Treasury's analysis of the Ministry of Social Development's Integrated Child Dataset for 0-5 year olds in September 2015.  Click here for a copy of the paper.