Mapping at HELP
HELP produces a range of maps and reports that illustrate the results of the Early Development Instrument (EDI). These maps and reports are available in many different geographic packages:
Provincial maps showing EDI and SES data for all school districts in British Columbia.
Maps for each health authority showing EDI data for local health areas (LHAs).
Maps for each school district showing EDI and SES data for individual neighbourhoods. Mapping packages for MDI (The Middle Development Instrument) are also availible.
Additional data tables summarizing all of the results of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) are provided as an Excel file.
How are neighbourhoods defined?
HELP continuously seeks feedback from community contacts and works collaboratively to adjust geographical boundaries as needed. EDI maps and reports are continuously revised to reflect such changes.
In most cases, boundaries are set to neighbourhoods with a minimum number of 50 children. This is to ensure accuracy and precision of EDI data. Neighbourhood boundaries have been drawn in order to provide consistency between EDI data and census data, and have been aligned, where possible, with municipal planning areas. All of these considerations have allowed us to reduced the number of neighbourhoods where data are suppressed due to low numbers of children.
Our interactive map allows you to view neighbourhood boundaries up close by zooming in to street level.
What the Maps and Reports Reveal
By mapping information by local health area, school district and neighbourhood, we can better understand how various factors influence children’s development and health. We hope governments and community members will use this information to develop policies and programs that help children get the best possible start in life. Specifically, these maps:
- Reveal where children and families live, where programs and resources are located, and how accessible these programs are to those they were designed to support
- Identify large neighbourhood differences in the number of children who are healthy and ready for school
- Reveal where there are gaps in children’s development and where improvement is needed
- Reveal how socio-economic factors may influence children’s early development
- Heighten awareness of the importance of early child development
- Prompt new community policies and programs