C & Y Injury Indicators: Project Plan & Methods

5a – Child and Youth Injury Indicators Dashboard:

Operational Requirements: Using an iterative approach, designs based on previous injury practitioner, policy maker and researcher input will be reviewed and modified until consensus is reached by a small team of four people. Broader input from the injury prevention community in Canada will be sought to finalize the operational requirements for the indicator dashboard.

Connecting the Data: Operational requirements and technical expertise will be integrated in order to develop a secure functional and efficient database. The indicator dashboard will draw upon more than one database. Understanding of database technologies will be achieved by working with expert consultants (e.g. at the Canadian Institute for Health Information). Current options include the develop­ment of a secure centralized data storage location, which has advantages related to data security, performance and maintenance, or using web services or other network data-transfer methodologies to extract data directly from the databases.

Dashboard Design: To solicit input on what is meaningful to researchers, practitioners and policy makers, we will hold a series of presentations and discussions with key informant groups across Canada. This will include mock-up dashboard presentations and simulated working demonstrations. Evidence will be used to develop questions regarding the visual appeal and specific features of the dashboard, the utility of the indicator information, and the perceived functionality as a tool balancing utility, ease of use and visual interest.

User Experience and Feedback: Presentations and discussion will proceed, ensuring the desired intuitive­ness and dashboard functionality. The basic look and feel of the dashboard will be incorporated into a working model using a subset of data, to understand the user experience and gather feedback. Specific filters and drill-downs will be discussed, e.g. a researcher may want to view raw mortality data in the form of a table which could be accomplished by hovering a computer pointer (mouse) over a mortality trend line on a graph, while practitioners and policy makers may be more concerned with a summary view or trend. Another important factor will be to consider what dashboard information will be downloadable and in which format(s).

Final Dashboard: With all user feedback incorporated, the final dashboard design will be developed and populated with data. A small group of key informant users will test the dashboard and provide feedback prior to it ‘going live’. Feedback will be incorporated to resolve remaining concerns relative to the design specifications, and the dashboard will go live and be accessible via a Web Portal. Ongoing feedback will be solicited and further modifications will be incorporated as updates on a periodic basis.

5b – Canadian Child and Youth Injury Prevention Web Portal:

Significant development work is required in order for the full Web Portal to achieve useful functional qualities. The first step will be to undertake a systematic review of the literature pertaining to the effective design and functionality of web portals for injury prevention, health promotion, or general prevention. The outcome of this review will be the completion of a grant for the design, development and sustainability of the full web portal. 

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