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International Futures Help System

Main Menu Map Pop-up

The Main Menu Map is the first thing that appears after starting and loading the IFs website. It is a world map that allows the user to easily access a range of information related to the countries tracked by IFs. The user is able to adjust the view of the Map by left-clicking any country on the map or using control buttons (arrow, zoom and reset buttons) on the top right of the map, which allows the user to zoom in or out, and reset to the original view.

The user can view the information on any of the countries for which IFs has data by simply left-clicking on the desired country, which causes a small pop-up menu to appear with options from which the user can select. This help section outlines the functions performed by the multiple options, with links to the topic pages for each of the options in case the user wants a more in-depth discussion of how to use the options.

Country Profile . This is an option unique to the Main Menu Map. After clicking this option, a new page opens which displays a map of the selected country followed by a list of various current and forecasted values, both organized into several categories: Population, Health, Education, Social/Human Needs, Economy, Energy, Environment, International Politics, and Domestic Government. See Issues and Modules for more information on these categories. Icons next to each variable name allow the user to either draw a line graph or display a table with historical data or forecasts or both.

Basic Report for Countries/Regions or Groupings. This option has much in common with the Country Profile, but provides values for more selected years in a tabular form with years across the columns. This option can also be reached from the Display option of the Main Menu.

Most of the remaining options below can be found under the Specialized Displays for Issues sub-option, which is located under the Display option of the Main Menu.

Population by Age and Sex. This option shows the distribution of the total population for a given country across age groups and divided between genders.

Birth Cohort Information. This option allows the user to view the total population of a country/region or group, broken down into periods of their birth (because those periods often shape common characteristics).

Education by Age, Sex and Level . The diagram displays the distribution of levels of completed education from none through tertiary across age groups and separated by gender.

World Value Survey by Age . The World Value Survey (WVS) displays three different dimensions of values in society: Materialism/Post-materialism (MATPOSTR), Survival/Self-Expression (SURVSE) or Traditionalism/Secular-Rationalism (TRADSRAT).

Mortality by Age, Sex and Cause . This option displays the distribution of number of deaths per 1000 people due to injury, non-communicable disease, and communicable disease between gender and age groups.

Morbidity by Age, Sex and Cause. The organization of information in this option is similar to that of Mortality by Age, Sex and Cause, but the key variable shown is years of life lost due to disabilities stemming from injury, communicable diseases, and non-communicable diseases.

Development Profile . The purpose of this option is to track how Human Capital, Social Capital, Physical Capital and Knowledge contribute to the annual growth of a country/region or a group.

Social Accounting Matrix . Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) is an extension of an input-output table that shows the inter-sectoral flows of goods and services in a given economy of a country or region; it adds information on financial flows among firms, households, and governments.

World Bank Financial Flows . This option allows the user to view the annual flows from and to the Bank, the cumulative debt position of the country/region or group, and the flow of World Bank funds to various sectors.

Millennium Development Goals . This option allows the user to track the progress made and likely to  made towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Advanced Sustainability Analysis . This option displays the relationships between material inputs (such as fossil fuels and water) flowing into human systems and emissions (such as carbon dioxide) coming from human systems, on the one hand, and size of GDP, population, and labor force on the other.