When you launch the tool, you can first select the indicator that you want to explore by clicking on Select Indicator. Indicators are organised into 27 themes.
Within each theme, there is a list of indicators, and information on whether each one relates to the whole island, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland. An indicator can belong to more than one theme.
Indicators cover a wide range of topics and are derived from a range of sources, including census data, clinical data, and survey-based data. Some indicators cover multiple years.
There are some generic features and functions which are useful to be aware of:
Basic and Advanced View
Basic view shows the values of the indicator in map, bar chart and line graph form. You can toggle between map view and table view and between bar chart and pie chart.
Advanced view plots the value of the indicator in more depth, making use of funnel plots and bubble plots. You can also toggle between map view and table view.
The help button at the top right of the screen provides more information on a list of features and functions of the tool.
Exporting the information
After generating a map, table or chart of the indicator(s) of interest, you can export any component of the screen by hovering your mouse over that component and clicking on the download button.
Changing and customising views
To view any component in full screen mode, hover your mouse over the component and click on the right-pointing arrow. To return to the original view, hover your mouse and click on the left-pointing arrow.
You can change the colour schemes applied to maps and charts by hovering your mouse over the Quantile component and clicking on the settings icon.
Clicking on specific areas within the map allows you to select the specific regions that you are interested in. Then, when you click on ‘use selected area’ the output in the other parts of the screen will include only your selected regions. Click again on ‘use all areas’ to clear your selection.
Many of the indicators are available for multiple years. Clicking on different years at the bottom of the map will bring up the data for that year.
Four ways to examine indicators
View indicator: For the indicator you have just selected, the default view is of a map showing the value of the indicator for each geographical region, with a bar chart and line chart also showing these values.
Compare indicators: This is useful when you want to compare any two indicators. The process is the same as for View Indicator, except now, you are working with two indicators. For example, under the Obesity theme, you might want to compare the prevalence of obesity with the percentage of people who are physically inactive.
View area: This view allows you to focus on all of the characteristics for a specific geographic area under a particular theme. This is useful if you want to profile particular areas in detail.
Compare areas: This view allows you to focus on all of the characteristics for multiple geographic area under a particular theme. This is useful if you want to compare particular areas in detail.