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Donegal County Councils ‘Experience of Developing a Poverty Profile’. 15 th /16 th May 2006 By Ms Valerie Bryce Community Development Worker Community Culture and Enterprise. Outline of Presentation. Background What is a Local Anti Poverty Profile?

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Donegal county councils experience of developing a poverty profile

Donegal County Councils ‘Experience of Developing a Poverty Profile’

15th /16th May 2006

By

Ms Valerie Bryce

Community Development Worker

Community Culture and Enterprise


Outline of presentation

Outline of Presentation

Background

What is a Local Anti Poverty Profile?

The Process to Building up a Poverty Profile in County Donegal

Steps involved in carrying out a Poverty Profile

Poverty in County Donegal

Difficulties and Challenges

Uses and Applications


1 background

1.Background


What is poverty

What is Poverty?

‘People are living in poverty, if their income and resources (material, cultural and social) are so inadequate as to preclude them from having a standard of living, which is regarded as acceptable by Irish Society generally. As a result of inadequate income and resources people may be excluded and marginalised from participating in activities, which are considered the norm for other people in society’


2 what is a local anti poverty profile

2.What is a Local Anti Poverty Profile?


2 what is a local anti poverty profile1

2.What is a Local Anti Poverty Profile?

A Local Poverty Profile involves systematically identifying gathering and mapping information on social and economic need in your area, it should clearly identify the areas and communities that experience the highest levels of disadvantage and the nature of that disadvantage.


3 the process

3.The Process


The process

The Process

Cross Directorate Internal Working Group established in Donegal County Council

CPA Consultant assigned to work with DCC on the development of all stages of the Local Anti Poverty Strategy including the development of the Local Poverty Profile

Research undertaken by Research and Policy Unit in Donegal County Council - but under taken by Social Inclusion Units in both West Meath and Cork County Councils


The process1

The Process

Learning from Experience of other local authorities that had compiled poverty profiles

Indicators identified by

CPA - National Poverty Indicators

Internal Cross Directorate Working Group

Research and Policy Unit

Data Gathered and Analysed by Research and Policy

Drafts presented to Internal Cross Directorate Working Group, who made the final sign off

Copies of final draft sent to SIM and CDB for Information Purposes


4 steps in developing a local poverty profile

4.Steps in Developing a Local Poverty Profile


3 steps in developing a local poverty profile

3.Steps in developing a Local Poverty Profile

Selection of Themes

Selection of Indicators

Data Identification & Collection

Basic Data Analysis

Mapping (using GIS)

Presentation & Review


I selection of themes

I. Selection of Themes

Themes

Poverty and people

Welfare Dependency and Employment

Housing

Health and Poverty

Educational Disadvantage

Quality of Life

Physical Environment

Infrastructure and Accessibility

Local Specific Aspects


Ii selection of indicators

II. Selection of Indicators

Source

Indicators identified under the 7 themes of NAPs

Indicators and data relating to poverty and social exclusion collected from national and international publications like the CSO, DSCFA, International Labour Office etc.

Indicators held by the different Local Authority Directorates on housing, roads, cultural services etc


Iii identifying and gathering data

III. Identifying and Gathering Data

Finding the most appropriate data is one of the key tasks in building up a

Local Poverty Profile this was done:

Though Desk Research by the Research and Policy Unit under the direction of the Strategic Policy Manager to identify relevant local, national and international publications and datasets

In the Internal Cross Directorate Working Group to identify appropriate indicators

Through Consultations with each Directorate of Donegal County Council to identify data or datasets held within each directorate of the council


Iv data analysis

IVData Analysis

Headline indicators were presented to

Determine the extent of poverty within County Donegal across a number of thematic areas

Allow for relative poverty comparisons between the Headline Poverty Indicators in County Donegal and State

Determine the extent of deprivation across the 149 different Electoral Divisions (149) within County Donegal (I.e. by mapping the Trutz Haase Deprivation Index)

Examine poverty over a time series ie 1991 – 1996 and 1996 – 2002 in an effort to determine if the situation is deteriorating of improving


5 poverty in county donegal

5.Poverty in County Donegal


I a comparion of deprivation scores between the state border county and subcounty level

I.A comparion of deprivation scores between the State, Border, County and SubCounty Level


A comparsion of relative affluence deprivation scores 2002

A Comparsion of Relative Affluence/Deprivation Scores 2002

Source: GAMMA, 2002


I deprivation scores at sub county level

I.Deprivation Scores at sub county level


Donegal county councils experience of developing a poverty profile

Note: Relative deprivation in County Donegal in 2002 was –9.6 while in the State it was +2.2


Ii a comparsion of headline indicators between county donegal and the state

II.A comparsion of headline indicators between County Donegal and the State


Iii a comparsion of poverty levels across counties in ireland

III.A comparsion of poverty levels across counties in Ireland


Iv lower social classes in county donegal vis vis the state 1986 1991 1996 2002

IV. Lower Social Classes in County Donegal vis-à-vis the State 1986, 1991,1996, 2002


The percentage of the population falling into social class 5 semi skilled social class 6 unskilled

The percentage of the population falling into Social Class 5 (Semi Skilled) & Social Class 6(Unskilled)

Source: CSO, 2002


6 difficulties and challenges

6.Difficulties and Challenges


6 difficulties and challenges1

Lack of a dedicated Social Inclusion Unit in County Donegal

Unlike Cork and Westmeath Local Authorities Donegal was capturing data for the first time and not building on the work already done

Difficulties in Dis-aggregation of Statistical Information to County Level

In some cases the only available data is at national or regional level for example Health Board Data

Timeliness of Data

There was a reliance on the 1996 or 2002 data, which was only coming on stream when the profile was being developed

6.Difficulties and Challenges


6 difficulties and challenges2

Lack of information in some areas on specific circumstances of target groups

Early school leavers

Literacy Levels

Inability to attain specific indicators

the number of older people without access to a telephone

The number of lone parents or older people who rely solely on state benefits for their income

No Primary Research

It was not within the scope of the poverty profiles to undertake additional primary research to gather information. Therefore, the poverty profiles are based soely on secondary sources and from existing statistical resources of agencies currently working within the field

6.Difficulties and Challenges


7 uses and applications

7.Uses and Applications


Uses of a profile

Uses of a Profile

Identify key priority or focus areas for the Development of the Local Anti Poverty Strategy

Raising Awareness on Poverty Issues across Local Authority Directorates

Local Authority Service Planning -By identifying target groups where an integrated service approach is required towards tackling poverty and social exclusion


Uses of a profile1

Uses of a Profile

Economic Taskforces - by identifying gaps in socio economic infrastructure and highlighting the requirements for investments to fill those gaps

External Dissemination – to ensure that appropriate national, regional, local funding and resources can be targeted to areas of greatest need

By Area Partnerships in service planning ie DLDC, IRDL, MFG


Uses of a profile2

Uses of a Profile

By Letterkenny Institute & other institutes to develop and devise educational initiatives to address gaps in service delivery

Establishing a baseline against which the progress made in alleviating poverty in the county & can be monitored on an ongoing basis

Used by SIM to identify a target group action plan


Outline of presentation1

Outline of Presentation

What is a Local Anti Poverty Profile?

Steps involved

The Process to Building up a Poverty Profile

Poverty in County Donegal

Difficulties and Challenges

Uses and Applications


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