This report tells how county officials view and use the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT programs. It shares findings from a national survey that examines — in broader context — what types of county governments review statistical data on children and families, why they need this information and what sources they use. 

July 19, 2005

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Which sources county officials turn to for data.

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    How county governments use data on children and families.

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    If county officials know about the KIDS COUNT Data Book.

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    What these officials think about KIDS COUNT’s impact on public policy.

Key Takeaway

Information on child welfare is critical for county governments

County governments have assumed an expanding role in delivering public services to residents. To succeed on this front, they receive state and federal funds and must demonstrate a clear and ongoing need for such support. One way to do so? Utilizing updated statistics on child well-being.

Findings & Stats

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