The five dimensions included on the Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) provide information on a broad range of children’s social and emotional development, well-being, health, and experiences at school, at home, and in the community. The data collected from the MDI survey are presented in reports with easy-to-understand visualizations and infographics, showing detailed information for the whole community.
MDI reports are designed to build an understanding of the most current information on children’s well-being and assets in your region and provide an opportunity to identify patterns and variations over time. MDI data is not reported for individual students.
MDI reports are also a powerful tool for gathering stakeholders to discuss children’s well-being across multiple contexts (for example, schools, home, and community) and for catalyzing action to support children’s assets and well-being.
Each year, when MDI reports are released, HELP staff offer free, public webinars that are designed to provide strategies and examples of the ways in which MDI data can be used to support planning for children’s well-being in classrooms, schools, and communities. You can watch past webinars here. In addition, this Field Guide is designed to support your efforts to use MDI data to catalyze positive change.
HELP’s goal is to ensure our tools and approaches are culturally safe and appropriate, embracing the principles of OCAP® – Ownership, Control, Access and Possession and the Five Safes’ Framework that govern data collection, storing and reporting. When reported and shared in a culturally safe manner MDI data, gathered from First Nations, Métis and Inuit children, can support dialogue and planning, and contribute to ongoing community initiatives.
HELP has guidelines for the release of data for Indigenous children. This ensures data are accessible to, and meet the needs of, various Indigenous governance groups and community organizations. Under the guidance of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC). HELP has established a protocol regarding the sharing and reporting of disaggregated, data for First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children.
Please contact HELP for more information regarding the Indigenous data request process. HELP staff are available to help navigate the data request process and to provide ongoing support in using and understanding MDI data. Please contact HELP’s Indigenous Initiatives Senior Manager to learn more.
– Connie Deane, North Okanagan Friendship Center
The types of reports available to you vary by school system, province, and territory. Please check with your local MDI project lead to see which reports are available in your area. For all reports described below, information on individual children and their answers are not reported and neither individual children nor their answers are identifiable. The MDI Companion Guide provides more detail on the data in the reports.
MDI School Reports provide data, aggregated by grade level, for children in Grades 4 through 8 who completed the MDI at participating schools. When there are fewer than five children represented in the school, a school report is not produced. Separate reports are produced for each grade and these reports are available to school district superintendents and MDI School District Leads (the staff member leading the MDI project for the school system) via an online portal.
Superintendents and MDI School District Leads are encouraged, at their discretion, to share school-level reports with school administrators and staff, as well as parents, children, and others in the community. Because of concerns of ranking schools based on their MDI results, the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) does not publicly release individual school reports.
MDI School District Reports provide a comprehensive picture of the social and emotional development, well-being, health, and experiences at school, at home, and in the community of a population of children attending school within a specific school system. These reports combine data into summaries for each school system: one report for each grade* for which data were collected.
If you are an administrator or educator in a participating school system outside of BC, you can access your online School District Report(s) by logging in to the MDI E-Reporting System
In British Columbia (BC), MDI School District & Community Reports combine MDI School District Reports (described above) with MDI Maps and Neighbourhood Profiles into one comprehensive report. In addition to district-level aggregations these public reports include:
MDI Maps and Neighbourhood Profiles
Neighbourhoods have unique characteristics that are associated with children’s social and emotional development, health, and well-being. The MDI Maps and Neighbourhood Profiles can help provide new insights into:
In BC, the MDI Maps and Neighbourhood Profiles support an exploration of how children’s well-being and assets vary according to neighbourhood. Following guidelines for privacy and confidentiality, in cases where a neighbourhood contains data for fewer than 35 children, the results are not reported.
Our public MDI reports are available for all participating BC School Districts to anyone who is interested. They are easily accessible by clicking on the name of the school district of interest. The link will take you to the report page on the Human Early Learning Partnership website.
Each of the five Dimensions of Well-Being are comprised of several measures that combine answers to one or more questions on the survey. The data in the reports is visualized in a few different ways to make it easy to investigate and understand. The MDI Companion Guide provides more detail on the questions included in each dimension.
For some of the measures, MDI reports use bar graphs to display these data. For example, a number of bar graphs show the percentage of children categorized as being low, medium, or high on each respective measure.
In addition to bar graphs, data are also displayed using info graphics and data tables designed to support a comprehensive exploration of MDI data
The links below provide access to public Middle Years Development Instrument (MDI) School District and Community reports for participating BC school districts for the years 2010-2021.
Note that an * indicates the school districts that participated in the 2020-2021 administration of the MDI. Please note that MDI reports are only available for those BC school districts that have opted to participate.
SD 10 – Arrow Lakes Suppressed *
SD 49 – Central Coast Suppressed *
SD 70 – Pacific Rim (formerly Alberni)*
SD 84 – Vancouver Island West Suppressed *
SD 92 – Nisga’a Suppressed
Understanding and reflecting on MDI data presented in the MDI Reports can catalyze action to support children’s assets and well-being. For some questions to consider as you examine MDI Reports, visit the Exploring MDI Data page. For ideas on how these data can be used as part of your efforts to make positive change in your community, visit the Making Change page.
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