Tusla Data Hub User Guide
Tusla Data Hub User Guide


This guide aims to provide a quick reference to assist all users of the Tusla Data Hub to:

  • Navigate through the data hub and source relevant performance metrics and activity data.
  • Provide data and information under each of the five Tusla service categories.
  • Provide an understanding of the reporting functionality.

We hope you find Tusla Data Hub service useful.

NOTE: The site is updated regularly and functionality may change.

Click on ‘Search for a Metric’

Search for a Metric Search by Text 1

Start typing, e.g. “general foster carers”. If there is a metric available, it will appear in the drop-down list and you can then select it.

Search by Text 2

Once the metric you wish to view is selected, click on the ‘Search’ button on the right-hand side:

Search by Text 3

You can search for a metric by using the drop-down list. To do so select ‘Search for a Metric’ and choose the metric which is of interest to you

Search by DropDownList

Alternatively you can search by one of the following five service categories that are listed on the home page:

  1. Child Protection and Welfare
  2. Alternative Care and Adoption
  3. Prevention, Partnership and Family Support
  4. Educational Welfare Services
  5. Regulatory Services

To view data, simply click on the category that is of interest to you:

Search by Category 1

Then select a metric from the drop-down list under the relevant sub-category.

For example, select Alternative Care & Adoption > Foster Carers > No. of Approved General Foster Carers on the Panel:

Search by Category 2

To choose a year for a metric, select the Menu (top left) and then ‘Choose Year’:

Menu - Choose Year

To choose a year range for a metric, select ‘Choose Year Range’ and then select the range of years you wish to view.

For example, select 2015 to 2017 to show all results over these 3 years:

Menu - Choose Year Range

It is possible to aggregate or “roll-up” the data by time and/or area depending on the metric.

By Time: from Monthly to Quarterly to Biannual to Annual

By Area: from Tusla Area to Tusla Region to National

For example, here is No. of Referrals – Child Welfare for 2016 to 2019 aggregated from Quarterly to Annual and from Area to National:

Menu - Choose Totals
  1. Click on ‘Choose Region / Area’
  2. De-select ‘All Areas’
  3. Select the regions or areas you wish to view and compare. For example, select the Dublin North area (in the Dublin North East Region) and compare with the Cork area (in the South Region) for No. of Approved General Foster Carers on the Panel for 2019:

NOTE: Some metrics are only captured at the Regional or National level

Menu - Choose Region / Area

Select the ‘Source Tables’ tab/button on the right-hand side to view the data for the current view of the chart.

Example 1: As above, if the chart is filtered to show only Dublin North and Cork, then the Source Tables will only show those areas for that year:

Tabs - Source Tables

Example 2: If the chart is aggregated to show four years of national annual data then that is reflected both in the chart and the source tables:

Tabs - Source Tables - Aggregated

Step 1 – Select by Category

Step 2 – Select ‘Add a Chart’ to the right-hand side of the chart

Add Chart by Category

Step 3 – Change Chart Layout (above the top chart) to (2 x 2) or (3 x 3)

Add Chart - Change Layout Add Chart - Change Layout 2x2

Step 1 – Select ‘Explore More’ (right-hand side above ‘Add a Chart’) to take you back to the home page

Step 2 – Search for a Metric (either choose for the drop-down list or type to search)

Step 3 – Once metric is chosen, you may ‘Search for another Metric’ from any Service Category

Add Chart Another Metric any Category

Step 4 – Change Chart Layout – to view side by side

Add Chart Another Metric any Category 2x2

Minimise charts while you ‘Explore More’ charts. They will remain there for the duration of your online session or until you select ‘Home’ or refresh your page.

Minimise Charts

Open the Menu for any chart and click on the bin beside ‘Delete Chart’:

Delete Chart

To download a metric as a PDF click on the PDF button and then confirm you want to save.

Download as PDF

To download a metric as a CSV click on the CSV button and then confirm you want to save the file. These files can be opened and analysed further using, for example, Microsoft Excel.

Download as CSV

You can share a link to a chart of a metric on the Tusla Data Hub by selecting the ‘Share’ button and then either click on the hyperlink to immediately open the metric in your browser or copy the link to the clipboard using the button as follows:

Share Link

If you wish to interrogate the data further, there is a link to our Tusla Open Data Catalog for every metric by year.

Select the ‘Open Data’ tab/button and either click the link or copy the link to your clipboard:

Open Data

For further information on our Tusla Open Data Catalogue, see here.

“Show me the total number of open cases allocated in the Dublin Mid Leinster (DML) and Dublin North East (DNE) regions from 2017 to 2018” (Tip: use the drop-down list from the home page).

Step 1- ‘Search for a Metric’ on the homepage.

Step 2 – Type “open cases” and select ‘No. of Open Cases Allocated to a Social Worker’. Click ‘Search’.

Use Case Search

Step 3 – Select the ‘Menu’ option and choose the following year range: 2017-2018.

Use Case Choose Year Range

Step 4 – Choose Totals – select ‘Region’ to roll-up the totals from each Area to their Regions

Use Case Choose Totals

Step 5 – Select the DML and DNE regions in the ‘Choose Region / Area’ section:

Use Case Choose Regions

Your metric is now ready! You can download it now as a PDF, CSV or share as a link.