The Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury: Mobilizing injury surveillance data to launch a national knowledge translation tool
Child and youth injury prevention research in Canada has lagged behind other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development nations, despite existing surveillance systems and longitudinal data. A critical need to improve access to the available data, as well as need to tailor its display and interpretation, was identified by injury prevention stakeholders involved in research, policy, and practice. The Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury Prevention (“the Atlas”) was developed to address this need. Following a series of iterative consultation meetings and a pilot testing session, the Atlas was scaled up with national data. Two testing sessions were held to evaluate the tools. The Atlas is comprised of three main components: data, indicators, and visualizations. The accessibility of the dashboard is enhanced by customization of data visualizations and data outputs to suit the user’s needs. Overall feedback indicated that the tools were easy to use, and that the interface was intuitive and visually appealing. The Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury Prevention provides readily accessible information to injury prevention practitioners, policy makers and researchers, helping to chart pathways to success in improving the child and youth injury prevention system in Canada.
Citation: Pike I, Smith J, Al-Hajj S, Fuselli P, Macpherson A. The Canadian Atlas of Child and Youth Injury: Mobilizing injury surveillance data to launch a national knowledge translation tool. Int J Environ Res Public Health.2017 Aug 30;14(9):982. doi:10.3390/ijerph14090982.