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Frequently Asked Questions

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IPLAN Data System
What is the IPLAN Data System intended for?

The IPLAN Data Set is a valuable collection of various health-indicator information that was previously not available from a single source. The Data Set was originally designed as a minimally-inclusive collection assembled to support local health needs assessments, but has also proven to be valuable to policy-makers, students, researchers, and the public for a variety of purposes. For more detailed or additional data beyond the scope of IPLAN Data Set, users are referred to the primary sources of the data, as cited within the Data Set's health indicator descriptions.

What is data aggregation?
Data aggregation is the grouping of multiple counties, communities or data years together verses the data item being displayed individually. The number of events displayed will be the lump sum for all the counties or communities combined for the year(s) selected.
Why do asterisks (*) appear on reports?
Reasons:
  1. Race and age group population estimates are not available for intercensal years (1991-1999), therefore a rate for each race cannot be calculated.
  2. The number of events is too low to calculate a rate. Depending on the indicator, the number of events must be greater than a specified number of events.
  3. Data is not available for the data year.
What strategies can I use to reduce the amount of *s on a report?
  1. Broaden the geographic area. For example, aggregate multiple counties.
  2. Aggregate multiple years so you can calculate a moving average.
  3. Broaden the topic
Where can I find detailed information for each indicator?
Every indicator has a description, profile and a listing of the data years available. All this information can be looked up at once or separately on the Indicator Details page, found in the IPLAN Data System menu. Also, this page contains an option to list all the indicators by name.
Can I generate a report that lists all the indicators at once?
Yes, however this report is limited to one county/community and one data year only. This report is referred to as a County Summary Report or Community Summary Report. These options are found in the IPLAN Data System menu.
Can I select multiple data years or multipe counties/communities at once?
Yes. To do so, press and hold the "Ctrl" key while you mouse click the selections you want. If you are selecting consecutive years, you can press and hold the mouse button and drag the mouse up or down. Once you have the desired years selected, release the mouse button.

SHARE
What is SHARE intended for?
SHARE provides access to health plans submitted to the Illinois Department of Public Health by local health jurisdictions for all rounds of IPLAN. Users can select a combination of filters to target specific data elements, as well as use the search option using specific terms.
Is there a listing of examples on different ways to use SHARE?
Yes. There is a page named Helpful Examples found in the SHARE menu. This page lists many examples of how SHARE can be used.
Training
Where can I find a listing of training materials?
Training materials are located on the IPLAN Training page, found in the Resources menu. The training materials listed include presentations made by IPLAN staff and quick reference manuals on using the IPLAN Data System and SHARE.
Where can I find a listing of other data sources?
The Other Links page lists many web sites of other data resources. This page is found in the Resources menu.
Local Health Department Certification Process
Where can I view the administrative code for certifying local health departments?
The Administrative Code for Certifying Local Health Departments is located on the Illinois Deparment of Public Health web site. The Resources menu contains a link to this information, labeled Administrative Code.
Web Browser
Where can I find instructions on changing the web browser settings?
The main menu contains an item called Browser Tips. This page contains information for fine tuning your browser.

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