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Quick guide: Advanced Data Selector

1. What are the system requirements?

To view the single and double maps you must have Adobe Flash Player version 9 (or higher) installed on your machine. To install Flash player visit Adobe's Flash install page. You can test your browser support for Flash by clicking on the Adobe Flash version test page.

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2. How do I display data?

Step 1. Data are available at local authority, PCT or top level local authority geographical areas. Not all data are available at all levels; some will only be available at one. Select the geographical area you want to look at and then click the Next button.

Step 2. The next step allows you to introduce a regional filter to the data. If you want to compare your area with other areas in your region, select 'geographical region' or 'strategic health authority' in the filter menu. Then click on your region in the drop-down menu for selected area. Alternatively, leave the filter at “none” and just select your organisation. Click the Next button.

Step 3. Use the drop down list to show all the data available within a theme. These are the same themes which data are grouped into in the rest of the Data Atlas. Select the data you want, then use the Add button to add it to your data view. This dataset will appear in the right-hand box once selected. You can add other indicators by repeating this process. Once you have all the indicators you need, click the Next button.

Step 4. The next step allows you to add England as a comparator. You can also add one or more of the English regions as a comparator. To select more than one region, hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click all those you want to look at. Then press the Next button.

The data you have requested will then be displayed in a table.

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3. What can I do with Advanced Data Selector which Data Selector doesn't let me do?

3.1 Compare indicators which are found in different themes in the Data Atlas

Using Advanced Data Selector, you can compare indicators from different themes in the Data Atlas. For example, you can compare an Index of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) indicator which is in the 'Demographic' theme with obesity prevalence indicators which are found in the 'School aged children' theme.

To compare indicators, select the datasets you want to look at as described above. When you reach the table page, click on the Map button at the top. You will then get a menu from which you should choose Double Map. This will take you into the Double Map section of Data Atlas and you can generate a map in the same way as using Data Selector but using the datasets you have already selected.

In using Advanced Data Selector, you should take care that any comparison you make is meaningful. Advanced Data Selector will allow you to compare any dataset in the Data Atlas with another provided they are available at the same geographical level ie PCT, local authority or top level local authority. For example, it would be technically possible to compare caesarean section rates with levels of children being immunised for diphtheria, tetanus and polio but such a comparison is of no real meaning or value.

3.2 Quickly and easily export datasets to Excel

If you want to export data for a range of datasets for one or more organisations to Excel, Advanced Data Selector allows you to do this at one go. Unlike using Data Selector, you do not have to select each dataset separately.

Simply select all the datasets you want to view as described above. When you reach the table which displays the results, click on the Excel button. The data you have selected will now be exported into an Excel spreadsheet.

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