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InstantAtlas directly addresses the challenge of presenting survey results in a way that allows any number of web site users to explore them intuitively. It is an ideal internal and external reporting solution where users need the flexibility to explore the results interactively themselves and the ability to understand the geographic breakdown of the results.
Examples where InstantAtlas tools have been used for communicating survey results include, in the US, the BRFSS (Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System) Survey and, in the UK, the Place Survey. BRFSS is the world’s largest telephone based survey of the state of public health of the population and is undertaken at the state level annually. The Place Survey is a large, bi-annual postal survey to gauge the perceived level of satisfaction of local residents with the standard of services provided by local government and its partners – this is undertaken by local authorities with results being consolidated on a national basis.
InstantAtlas supports the presentation of survey results at any reporting geography whether it’s a national survey broken down into state-level results or a City-wide survey broken into neighbourhoods. The key factor is the sampling framework used for the survey – for example, if sample sizes are too low the results can become statistically insignificant when broken down into multiple geographic areas. The InstantAtlas solution for survey results is suited to reporting on surveys where the sampling framework has been built to allow the results to be geographically dis-aggregated. Alternatively, as with both the Place Survey and BRFSS, it suits the situation where there is strong overall coordination of multiple surveys in different areas and the need to present results for all areas through a single, consistent report.
Health of Houston Survey 2010
The Institute for Health Policy (IHP), based in the School of Public Health at The University of Texas, contributes to improving public health by developing creative ways to bridge the gap between scientific research, practical programs and policy solutions. The IHP brings its technical expertise and non-partisan analysis to health policy issues, with special focus on the Texas and the Texas-Mexico border areas.
The Institute aims to disseminate health data in a user-friendly way and is involved in ensuring the results of the recent 2010 Health of Houston Survey are available throughout the state. This is the first year of the survey which is based on the California Health Interview Survey – the largest state health survey in the United States. We interviewed Dr. Thomas Reynolds, research associate at IHP. He represents the team at the IHP who are all involved in using data presentation software. Thomas’s experience includes the application of geographical information systems technologies and he has been involved in developing several web-based local and regional health data query and dissemination systems.
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