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Awesome tools for ministry

During the Census conference lots of people showed off the innovative ways that they were using census data to provide unique resources. Two in particular stood out as potentially very useful for ministry.

1. Spot Stats
Aim: To provide easy stats about local areas at the touch of a button.

Spots Stats is a phone app that provides quick, on the spot demographic statistics for whatever postcode area you are in. Load http://www.spotstats.com.au on your phone, upload your currently location and Spot Stats will deliver you a suburb name, postcode and a street map. It will also give you a breakdown of key demographic information like an age profile, most common languages, median income and hightest levels of education. You can also enter addresses to see quick stats for otehr locations!

Probably developed for: Nerds, people who are curious about social trends in a new area, people buying real estate in a new area.

How could Christians use it? Quick prep before walk up or door knocking, equipping and resourcing a mission team or a church.

2. Local Intelligence
Aim: To help people settle well into regional and rural areas, with a long term vision of creating thriving country towns.

At the conference, the founder of Local Intelligence described her organisation as a kind of dating service between people and rural towns. Using census data and an extensive network of knowledgable locals, they help urban and/or migrant families to resettle in the bush. Take, for example, a family who wants to move out of the city. Local Intelligence will take all the skills, qualifications, interests and needs of the family to provide them with a selection of towns where they will be able to settle comfortably. They will make sure that there are available jobs for the working members of the family, and make sure that there is also a soccer club, or the right kind of church, or a karate class, or a piano teacher – whatever the family is interested in knowing about.

And that’s just the first part. Once a family knows where they are going, Local Intelligence will welcome them to the town after they move and introduce them to all the important members of the community. They will stay in touch with the family after the move to make sure everyone has settled smoothly.

Probably developed for: Tree-changers, sea-changers, mining families, families that dream of living in the country.

How could Christians use it? Support for individuals and families moving rural for ministry and/or work, information for people who are considering rural ministry but don’t know where to go, helping Christians to connect to the local community.


Statistical Wonderland #5

It’s Friday evening, and time to draw our ABS adventures to a close.

Follow the link for one last time…

7307.0 – Wheat Use and Stocks, Australia, October 2009

… and learn about wheat! In October Australia used 1.2 million tonnes of wheat. Cool.

I hope you have found this series of posts enlightening, or even thrilling.

Statistical Wonderland #4

Once again, being out of the office yesterday afternoon meant that I missed my ABS email. Here is the 4th installment, half a day late:

4517.0 – Prisoners in Australia, 2009

This link will take you to the ABS media release, which summarises the findings of prisoners in Australia in 2009. You can find teh actual ABS release by clicking on the ‘contents’ link on that page. The number of prisoners is still on the increase; women are increasing at a higher rate than men. And indigenous persons are still massively overrepresented.

Statistical Wonderland #3

I missed my ABS email yesterday afternoon, so number 3 is coming half a day late.

Without any further delay here is

3201.0 – Population by Age and Sex, Australian States and Territories, Jun 2009

It’s a pretty straightforward collection of numbers, but very facinating. At the end it compares Australia’s population age breakdown with some other countries. Enjoy!

Statistical Wonderland #2

Did you wake up this morning thinking:

“What are some of the main barriers and incentives to labour force participation in Australia?”

If you did, then today is your lucky day, because today the ABS released some fresh new statistics:

6239.0 – Barriers and Incentives to Labour Force Participation, Australia, Jul 2008 to Jun 2009

Maybe that sounds boring, but it is actually pretty interesting and there is great potential to learn a fact that you never knew before. Follow the link above (click on the catalouge number) to look at the summery of the report, where you will find some sweet information about why some people are choosing not to work and why other people are struggling to find work. This is what I learnt today: In my age group (18-29 years) 30% of people want to work more hours but can’t because they are studying. And 20% want to work more hours but can’t because they have a long term illness or disability. That is more than I expected.

Statistical Wonderland #1

So, time for another short series of posts. This time it’s all thanks to the Australian Bureau of Statistics!

Every day at work I get a kindly email from the ABS letting me know what statistics they have released that day. I find that they are everything from informative (e.g. number of persons born) to boring (e.g.foreign trade trends from the last financial quarter) to slightly novel and amusing (meat production and number of cows slaughtered in the last year). Although of course these reactions to statistics say much more about my own personal interests than the value of the ABS outputs.

Please take a journey into my daily life as every day this week I bring you the lastest and greatest stats from the ABS, picking my favourite release to share with you.

Unfortunately today they only released one collection of stats, but it’s OK, because it’s a ripper:

3401.0 – Overseas Arrivals and Departures, Australia, Oct 2009

Facts and Stats about my week:

Amount of money spent at the post office: $21.90
Cost of mailing to China: $15.50
Times today people have complimented the ugliest jumper I own: 7
Skipped lectures: 2
Times people have made me read Colossians: 3
Curlywurlys: 4
Hot chocolates: 2
Times listened to Five Iron Frenzy CDs: 7
Number of times I have been asked about the part in 1 Timothy about women teaching in the church: 3
Times over the harbour bridge: 1
Some things that are illegal to mail to China: manuscripts, sealed opaque containers, animals, bicycles
Times I have run into Greg: 2
Pool games played: 4
Pool games lost: 4
Pool games lost to Ken: 4