NACLC Data Consistency Project
The National Data Consistency Guide provides guidance to community legal centres and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (collectively called Centres throughout the Guide) in relation to recording data in CLASS and other databases, particularly about the legal and non-legal service types set out in the National Data Standards Manual, which also underpin CLASS. The Guide provides clearer definitions of the main service types, important data items to collect within each service type, and case studies and examples that are relevant (and drawn from) the experience of community legal centres and family violence prevention legal services.
This project would not be possible without additional funding from Legal Aid NSW and Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department.
Through consultation with the sector, NACLC found that a main area of inconsistency and confusion was in relation to recording data in CLASS, in particular defining and recording Legal Tasks. In our consultations, several Centres were very clear that this work needs to be separately identified as a particular service. A presentation on our findings is available here.
Based on feedback we gathered, we developed and released the draft National Data Consistency Guide in March 2019. We are now gathering feedback on the Guide from the sector. The draft Guide is available online, in Word and as a PDF.
Provide Feedback on the Guide
Importantly, this is the first version of the Guide, so we also would like you to ask questions and provide feedback on the Guide by Thursday 2 May 2019 (note this is an extra week’s extension to original due date). There are several different ways to provide your feedback, including responding to a survey, participating in online forums, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on 02 9264 9595.