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In what ways are the charts and tables interactive?
Can I copy or save any of the graphs and charts to use in my own presentations or documents?
Can I access the data underlying the graphs and charts?
The graphs and tables of data often come stacked vertically on the page. Is there any way to view them side by side? Or to widen their aspect ratio?
The options within the drop-down boxes’ lists of options don’t pull back up after I’ve made my selection?
What do we mean by terms such as POLAR3? Or ‘young’ participation?
What populations have we considered?
When I select sub-categories in order to refine or restrict a breakdown by age, the graph only shows the young participation rates of 18 and 19 year olds, equivalent rates at other ages are only available in the table?
Participation rates don’t appear to vary much for some populations or characteristics so the lines on the chart are difficult to distinguish?
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