About the OKN Data Portal
Videos tell the story behind the numbers!

Ever wonder…
     about the challenges faced in some neighbourhoods and not others?
     how to convince a funder about the needs in your community?
     how to make a decision about where to put a program?

Watch the ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids video to see how the Data Portal helped them make decisions about program delivery and location.    

Ever wonder…
    how youth are doing in Halton?
    about the demographics in Halton neighbourhoods?
The Milton Parks and Rec team had the same questions. Watch the video to see how they used the Data Portal to better reach their target audience!

The OKN Data Portal gives us access to a large inventory of community-level data. It is a leading-edge tool that puts timely data at your fingertips and is a powerful resource for planning.

Key Features of the OKN Data Portal:
      Explore data using maps, spreadsheets or chart formats. 
      Download data for your own use.
      Customize the appearance of the maps to suit your own needs.
      Add your program data, create maps and then overlay OKN data with yours.

 Who uses the OKN Data Portal?
The OKN Data Portal is an important resource for people who work in the early learning and care field; library systems; child, youth and family services; faith-based organization and the public, education, mental health and children’s services.

The information in the OKN Data Portal can help tell compelling and meaningful stories about the work you do and help make a stronger case for funding proposals. Service providers can use the OKN Data Portal to better understand and interpret data to plan and design evidence-based services and programs, turning research into action.

What data is in the OKN Data Portal?
Over the past six years OKN has invested in a significant amount of research to identify the key components of healthy growth and development for all children and youth. This quality, local data is based on the Halton 7, which represent ideal living conditions for children and youth in Halton.

Users will find community and neighbourhood-level information, demographics, OKN research data on health, safety, education, Developmental Assets®, Census data and more.

How to use the data
The OKN Data Portal contains quality, local-level data. Although data are subject to limitations, we made every effort to ensure the most accurate data is available. Limitations of the data include limited data points over time and self-reported information. To help you better understand the data, download the guidelines for interpretation.

Guidelines for interpreting the data

Search and map data the way you need it right now.

The data in the Data Portal and Our Kids Network (OKN) research reports are produced or compiled by OKN for the purposes of providing community status information. Data and information released from OKN are provided on an "AS IS" basis, without warranty of any kind, including, without limitation, any warranty as to accuracy, suitability for a particular purpose or non-infringement of any intellectual property rights that may be held by others.

Availability of this data and information does not constitute scientific publication. Data and/or information may contain errors or be incomplete. OKN is not responsible for the interpretation and usability or suitability of the data for any intended purpose. It shall be used by the recipient of such information without any reliance on OKN in any manner whatsoever.

OKN Data Portal resources

OKN Data Portal FAQ
Quick Start Guide
Guidelines for interpreting the data
Indicators Definition List
Map my data - Excel tips
Total Sample Sizes
Data Conversation Tool
Social Risk Index (SRI)
National Household Survey (NHS) caution
Optional Layers Supporting Documentation

Video tutorials
Overview of the OKN Data Portal
Mapping data
About secondary indicators

Our Kids Network Reports
Halton Youth Survey (HYS) 2012
HYS Municipal Report
HYS Gender/grade Report
HYS Neighbourhood Reports
Early Development Instrument Report 2012

The School of Data
The School of Data works to empower civil society organizations, journalists and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively in their efforts to create more equitable and effective societies.