Why it's imperative to improve our nation's capacity for collecting and analyzing data on child and family well-being and for measuring the performance of policies and programs that serve the most vulnerable.
How the KIDS COUNT data center has improved data collection.
How to access the KIDS COUNT Data Center to find national, state and local data on children and families; create customized maps and graphs; and to compare or rank different geographic areas on child well-being.
How the states rank on overall child well-being and each of the 10 indicators that comprise the composite index.
This brief provides highlights from the comprehensive 2009 KIDS COUNT Data Book. It calls on federal, state and local officials to create more robust data systems to measure and track child and family well-being and to evaluate the policies and programs that serve them. The brief also provides a summary chart of national and state data on 10 indicators that reflect a range of factors affecting child well-being.
The nation needs to invest in high-quality information and data systems to inform decision making.
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In our own experiences and those of our grantees, we’ve seen how good data, when used properly, can powerfully boost the effectiveness of human service programs and improve the lives of vulnerable children—particularly when tied to a purposeful advocacy campaign.Data-driven advocacy can help illuminate the need for new programs and better policies and foster a more targeted distribution of public resources.
It is more critical now than ever to have accurate data that show how American families are faring in the current economic downturn and have systems that are equipped to use this information to improve the well-being of those children and families most in need.