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URBAN AND REGIONAL STUDIES

Enabling inter-agency data sharing

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Pauline McGuirk, Phillip O'Neill (University of Western Sydney), Kathy Mee, Robert King, Lesley Instone, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter)

The primary focus of this research is the resolution of legal, ethical, and organizational constraints that have prevented data-sharing amongst government agencies that could vastly improve service planning and prioritization. Working with human service agencies in the NSW state government, CURS and the Urban Research Centre (UWS) developed a framework for secure and confidential data sharing between agencies and obtained university and agency ethics clearance. We then undertook a unique analysis of interagency data, meshed with publicly available data sets (e.g. Census, SEIFA), to produce enriched indicators of the spatially variable incidence of social vulnerability across the Hunter. The work is guiding regional service planning and the provision of supportive government service provision socially vulnerable communities in the Hunter. 

Outcomes

Memorandum of Agreement

MoA to govern secure and confidential data-sharing between agencies and with university researchers, signed off by the Office of the Privacy Commissioner NSW, the NSW Crown Solicitor and the university solicitors of University of Newcastle and University of Western Sydney.

Ethics Application (NEAF)

Approved NEAF application enabling research involving the transfer of identifiable, unit-record data held by government agencies to researchers for de-identification, analysis and reporting. This application was the basis for securing additional agency ethics approvals where required.

Publications

McGuirk PM (2011) Policy research as critical praxis, Dialogues in Human Geography, 1, 233-237

McGuirk PM and O'Neill P (2011) Critical geographies with the state: the problem of social vulnerability and the politics of engaged research, Antipode (In press)

Mee KJ, McGuirk PM and O'Neill P (2011) The Spatial Data Analysis Project: Performing situated knowledge (in preparation)

Selected Presentations

Mee KJ and McGuirk PM (2011) Spatial data analysis project: Performing situated knowledge, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Wollongong, July

SKCAN (2011) Journeying towards propositions about situated knowledge practices, Institute of Australian Geographers Conference, Wollongong, July

McGuirk PM and O'Neill P (2010) Critical geographies with the state? Governing social vulnerability and the anxious politics of engaged research, Institute of British Geographers, RGS, London, September

McGuirk PM, O'Neill Phillip, Mee KJ, (2009) Governance and vulnerability: Enabling interagency data sharing as a means of enhancing regional governance, State of Australian Cities National Conference 09: City Growth, Sustainability, Vitality and Vulnerability: Program and Abstracts, Perth, WA

McGuirk PM O'Neill P (2008) Enabling inter-agency data-sharing: Resolving regulatory and institutional barriers, People, Place and Space: Rethinking Regional Policy Agendas: 3rd ARCRNSISS National Conference and 32nd Annual ANZRSAI Conference, Adelaide, SA

O'Neill P and McGuirk PM, (2008) Spatial data analysis as a (political) tool in the evolution of modern government, People, Place and Space: Rethinking Regional Policy Agendas: 3rd ARCRNSISS National Conference and 32nd Annual ANZRSAI Conference, Adelaide, SA

Reports presented to NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet

McGuirk PM, Mee KJ, O'Neill P, Blackmore K, King R, Dimeski B, Askew L and Webber L (2010) Indicators of Social Vulnerability: SDAP Composite Score 2006, 2007, 2008, Hunter Region Sections 1 and 2. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region). Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp. 65; 3 tables.

McGuirk PM, Mee KJ, O'Neil, M, Blackmore K, King R, Dimeski B and Askew L (2010)?Indicators of Social Vulnerability: SDAP Composite Score 2006, 2007, 2008, Hunter Region Section 3. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp. 23 ; 21 maps

O'Neill P, McGuirkk PM, Mee KJ, Blackmore K, King R and Dimeski B (2010) Indicators of Social Vulnerability: Change in SDAP Composite Score 2006-2008, Hunter Region. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp 41; 11 figures; 1 table.

Mee KJ, McGuirk PM, O'Neill P, Blackmore K and King R (2010) Indicators of Social Vulnerability: Comparison of SDAP Composite Score, Hunter Region, 2008 and Census Composite Score, Hunter Region, 2006. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp 16; 11 graphs.

Mee KJ, McGuirkPM, O'Neill P, Blackmore K and King R (2010) Indicators of Social Vulnerability 2006-2008, Hunter Region: Summary Report. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp. 15.

McGuirkPM, O'Neill P, Mee KJ, Judd T and King R (2009) Census Indicators or Social Vulnerability 2001 and 2006: CURS/URC Composite Score, Hunter Region. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp. 121; 96 maps; 3 Tables

McGuirk PM, Mee KJ, O'Neill P, Judd T and King R (2009) Census Indicators or Social Vulnerability 2001 and 2006: CURS/URC Composite Score, Hunter Region: Appendix. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp. 46; 96 maps; 3 Tables

O'Neill P, Mee KJ, McGuirk PM, Judd T and King R (2009) Census Indicators or Social Vulnerability 2001 and 2006: CURS/URC Composite Score, Hunter Region: Summary Report. Report written for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Hunter Region) and the Regional Managers Network (Hunter Region) Centre for Urban and Regional Studies, The University of Newcastle and the Urban Research Centre, University of Western Sydney. Pp. 9.