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Publicly available our online GIS system, builds upon the Pobal- Haase Deprivation Index for Small Areas which provides detailed information on local areas. We continually add and update our programme datasets creating an invaluable tool for measuring and tackling disadvantage. Please feel free to explore our datasets and new features on Pobal Maps by following the above link.



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The 2016 Pobal HP Deprivation Index (Haase and Pratschke, 2016) is now available through our online portal, Pobal Maps.

Read the introduction and reference tables for the 2016 index here.
The index provides a method of measuring the relative affluence or disadvantage of a particular geographical area using data compiled from various censuses. A score is given to the area based on a national average of zero and ranging from approximately -40 (being the most disadvantaged) to +40 (being the most affluent). In addition to this, percentage data for the area is given under the following categories:
-         Population Change
-         Age Dependency Ratio
-         Single Parent Ratio
-         Primary Education Only
-         Third Level Education
-         Unemployment Rate (male and female)
-         Proportion living in Local Authority Rented Housing
The relative index scoring and the above percentage data focuses particularly on the previous three censuses, enabling easy comparison of data between 2006, 2011 and 2016. This index is of particular significance given the economic changes that have occurred nationally during this period. The change in the index scoring and in each measured category is also calculated, meaning that the increase or decrease on a national, regional and local level can be easily viewed.
The index is available on Pobal Maps, a free online Geographical Information System map viewer. Pobal Maps provides a visual representation of the data which is crucial in terms of highlighting pockets of relative disadvantage, especially to a small area level, and is a valuable resource in targeting and tackling disadvantage. The system also allows users to run specific reports to selected areas, as well as visually compare changes between 2006, 2011 and 2016.

The Pobal HP Deprivation index can also be viewed in this section of the website as raw data alongside further information on how the index is constructed and its statistical features.
Small Areas

Previously, the smallest geographical area for such and index was Electoral Divisions (EDs) which range in population from under 100 to over 32,000. This range in size meant that comparative relative scoring could be problematic – scoring an area with 32,000 people as ‘affluent’ or ‘disadvantaged’ would not reflect the many possible levels of either within it. Moving away from EDs, and towards the new ‘Small Areas’ marks a major advance, particularly where a census‐based deprivation index is used as a proxy for individual‐level social position. The Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) of the 2016 Census of Population has been released at the level of 18,488 Small Areas (SAs). SAs are standardised in size, with a minimum of 50 households and a mean of just under 100, thus effectively providing street‐level information on the Irish population.