Report

The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s new and improved 16-measure KIDS COUNT index affords child welfare experts a truer, deeper look at how well states are performing across four distinct sectors. Learn how this tool is different from its predecessor, how it stacks up against other projects of similar scope, and how it is giving advocates smarter answers for aiding America’s children.  

July 1, 2012

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The limitations of the inaugural KIDS COUNT index.

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    How experts tackled creating a new index.

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    The benefits of the new and improved KIDS COUNT index.

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    How updating this index impacted state-level child welfare rankings.

Key Takeaway

The KIDS COUNT Index Grows Up

Since 1990, the KIDS COUNT index has offered a clear and concise means of tracking child well-being across states and through time. One thing the initial index didn’t do? Enable child welfare advocates to easily pinpoint specific areas of concern and initiate targeted policy solutions as a result. Enter the new and improved KIDS COUNT index. 

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