The data presented in this chapter provides a snapshot of project activities based upon data collected via the MDS for the six month period October 2012 to March 2013. By providing an analysis of the activities undertaken during the snapshot period, it builds on the overview of NSPP-funded activities presented in Chapter 5.
It is important to note that prior to the implementation of the MDS, existing project data was only able to be used to generate a broad overview of project activities. While areas of activity could be established, information regarding the scale of this activity was not available. Likewise, analysis of activities was not able to be undertaken, including relation to dimensions such as participant demographics, target groups, and referral pathways, for example. The MDS data therefore facilitates the first in-depth review of NSPP-funded activity.
Sections 6.1 and 6.2 examine the scope and quality of the MDS data. The subsequent sections provide analysis of the data at program level, individual or group level, and by target group.