Florencia GutierrezResearch Associatefgutierrez@aecf.org410-223-2953
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is today the largest national private philanthropy dedicated to vulnerable children and families.
The Foundations commitment to child well-being and to a data-based approach led to the establishment of KIDS COUNT in 1990. This project is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S.
*KIDS COUNT is composed of a State Network as well as a national component. The National KIDS COUNT project lives at the Foundation and focuses on producing the Annual Data Book on the status of children in America, special reports on the well-being of children and on maintaining the KIDS COUNT Data Center which has become central to our efforts at the National and State-Level. It is the Data Center that I will talk about today.*
The KIDS COUNT Data Center is a one-stop shop for indicators related to child well-being. This data warehouse has hundreds of indicators available in the areas of demographics, economic well-being, education and others. These data are available for many different levels of geography as well as at the disaggregated level.
Most of the data that is on the Data Center comes from state and federal governmental agencies.*Here is the homepage of the Data Center. Data By State contains community level data which is maintained by our state grantees. Data for the most part come from state government agencies.
Data Across States is maintained by the Foundation. Data comes from federal statistical agencies. If you are looking to see how your state compared to others or the US you will use data in this section.*I am now going to preview some of the tools that are available.
You can rank data for all indicators on the site. The indicator shown here can be ranked by Congressional District, State and Cities. The geographies available will depend on the indicator.*You can also create maps. You can start by seeing how your state compares to other states by creating national level maps and then delving deeper into a state of interest.
Here you can see that Michigan is among the states with the worst employment outcomes. When you go deeper you can see where within Michigan the problem areas are.*You can also identify trends over time for geographies of interest. You can compare your state trend to the nation or you can see outcomes for your county, city, congressional district and other geographies.
Trends can help you measure if investments work or if implemented policies have the desired effect.*
You can take these customized maps and graphs.and syndicate the material on their websites. Users can also share materials through their social networksSave and imbed graphics into presentations, reports and other productsAnd download raw data for further analysis.
All of these tools are can be access through the tool box on the indicator pages.
We also created a widget that allow organizations to display data on the well-being of children on their own website and badges that provide links to the Data Center.
We also have a mobile enhanced site, which allows you to access data any time, any where.
These tools make it easy to share information with a broader audience. It makes it easier to access and get the data out.
*KIDS COUNT is based on the idea that making quality, reliable data easily available provides individuals and organizations with the tools to improve outcomes for kids. With data in hand advocates and decision makers can move policies in the right direction.
Here are some examples of how our audiences have incorporated our content onto their sites to make their case and move their audiences towards action.*Here is an example from our Rhode Island KIDS COUNT grantee.
Every year our grantee reports the levels of lead exposure at kindergarten entry in their Data Book. The continued high rates led community leaders to take action by:
Increasing enforcement of lead laws Enhancing parent education Developing lead prevention plans and passing comprehensive lead poisoning prevention law*As a result the incidents of lead exposure decreased significantly in Rhode Island and Rhode Islands core cities. This is an example of how data can lead to action.*If you are interested in hearing about new data and reports that are available related to children become our fan on facebook, follow us on Twitter and/or signup to receive our monthly news letter.
You can also help us get the word out about how children are faring by sharing our content through your social media outlets.*As was mentioned earlier, there is a KIDS COUNT organization working at the local level in every state. If you are looking for local information on child well-being you should contact the KIDS COUNT grantee in your state. They are experts and will be able to assist with your data requests. You can find contact information for your grantee on the Data Center website.*The National KIDS COUNT project and our network of grantees exist as a resource. Please feel free to contact us with your questions.
Here is my contact information and please dont forget to visit and use our KIDS COUNT Data Center.*