Top tips for navigating the maze of metric types

With over 3,000 metric types available for LG Inform and LG Inform Plus, the prospect of gleaning one or two statistics may be disconcerting to some – but it needn’t be. Not only are there numerous ways of displaying one statistic – each split into separate metric types – but there are also several different sources of information. On the one hand, this multitude of options is a good thing, helping you to author reports in any way you see fit, but you might find it a little mind-boggling too – and you wouldn’t be the only one!

That’s the beauty of linked data. Using esd standards, the metric types list has been tagged and categorised with all sorts of relevant information to make it easy to find the stats you need. These links in the database not only give you a 360-degree view of all the data available but it also paints a picture of the role local government performs.

Here’s a few tips for report-writing and finding your way around the metric types, but don’t forget that the support team is on hand to lend advice too.

Teacher always said so: the key to any successful project is planning. If you’re writing a report in LG Inform Plus, it’s a good idea to get a picture of how you’re going to present what you want to say. Jot down the titles of the sections you’ll need to include and use those to draw up a list of metric types to illustrate each point.

The Functions list is a hierarchy of service groups or activities that a public sector body performs, splitting the role of local government into bite-size chunks and grouping the key services that underpin those themes. You can use the categories to find corresponding metric types. For example, if you’re looking for data about households, try the Housing function. Once you’ve chosen a function at any level of hierarchy, click the Details tab to see a list of relevant metric types and services.

Use the Details tab on any function to view relevant metric types.

The simplest way to find what you want is by searching. Type a keyword or two into the Search page, limit the results if you feel like it and click ‘search’. You’ll be shown a list of relevant results from which you can make notes and build your plan.

posted by esd support on 1st August 2014

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