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Better Outcomes Brighter Futures Indicator Set

Published: 27 September 2017
From: Department of Children and Youth Affairs


First published in 2017, the purpose of the indicator set is to track progress for children and young people aged 0-24 across the five national outcomes outlined in Better Outcomes Brighter Future: The national policy framework for children and young people 2014-2020.

To achieve this end, the indicators identify and combine data from a range of sources including administrative survey and census data. In all, the indicator set includes 70 indicator areas with between one and four indicators per area. Further detailed reporting of the data on each indicator, by different subgroups in the population (where possible), will also be undertaken and made available in the DCYA statistical database (pending).


To access the electronic version of the most recent report see: Better Outcomes Brighter Futures Indicator Set.

For a list of FAQs see: An Indicator Set for Better Outcomes Brighter Futures - FAQs.

For the speech given by Dr Fergal Lynch, DCYA Secretary General, on the day of the launch of the Indicator Set, see here.

Technical Note

The methodology used to develop the indicator set has involved through a number of phases, including a literature review and compilation of a data inventory; the establishment of an expert panel; a Delphi process; a review of consultations with children and young people; and bilateral consultations with experts and policy makers in government departments and agencies.

A methodology report detailing in full the methodological process used to develop this indicator set is available here.

More general information on Better Outcomes Brighter Futures can be found on the Better Outcomes Brighter Futures section of the website here.

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