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Title: TEAMWORK


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TEAMWORK
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Discovery Grant Learning Seminar 1
Data Sources and Analysis
  • Priscilla F. Canny, Ph.D.
  • Peg Oliveira, Ph.D.
  • CT Voices for Children
  • February, 2002

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Overview
  • Importance of data
  • Community Toolbox
  • Indicators of child well-being
  • Actual data census, SSP, town spreadsheets
  • Data sources
  • Data tips, cautions, limitations
  • Data analysis and interpretation

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Why Collect Data?
  • Everyone wants it now
  • Funders
  • Media
  • Public officials
  • Legislators
  • Parents
  • Community programs for planning

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Data Drives Public Policy
  • Over the last decade, there has been a marked
    shift in the content of public discussions about
    children and families. Discussions are now much
    more likely to be based on research and
    statistical facts rather than ideology and
    rhetoric. News stories and policy discussions
    are more likely to rely on objective facts
    regarding the status of child and family
    well-being.

William P. O'Hare KIDS COUNT Coordinator The
Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Two Local Examples of Data-Driven Success
  • New Haven
  • Early childhood education initiative
  • Asthma initiative
  • New Britain

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Mary Ellen Powell New Britain Foundation
  • The report has provided us with baseline data
    that we did not have before.
  • It has been a guiding force for us in grantmaking
    decisions we have made a number of grants that
    address directly findings from the report.
  • The report has also been a catalyst for several
    initiatives we are about to embark upon including
    the Discovery Grant, an asthma initiative and a
    possible oral health initiative.
  • The United Way has established a special task
    force of its board to identify additional
    initiatives to implement based on the findings of
    the report.
  • The report has also been used by non-profit
    organizations. Several have quoted statistics
    from the report in proposals to us and other
    funders aimed at addressing the needs of children
    and youth. We feel confident saying that a
    number of these organizations have secured
    funding as a result of having this information
    from the report.

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Usefulness of Data
  • Are there any other other communities here that
    have gathered data and interpreted it for
    community planning needs? comments?
  • What have you done in your community?

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Why Collect Data?Community Toolbox
  • Information provides knowledge
  • Information demonstrates credibility
  • Information leads to change
  • Information is power
  • Information is a tool

http//ctb.ku.edu
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Why Collect Data Power
  • Data is a powerful tool with which to
  • Make decisions on issues affecting children and
    families
  • Define and understand baseline, current situation
  • Prioritize and plan for the future, identify
    areas where action is most needed, set goals,
    measure progress towards goals
  • Monitor progress on childrens issues over time
  • Inform the policy making process

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Why Collect Data Tool for Collaboration
  • Gets everyone around the table
  • Helps develop buy in
  • Facilitates data collection

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Indicators of Child Well BeingTab 4
  • National, state, local examples
  • Rationale for key indicators of child well-being

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Indicators of Child Well-Being
  • Demographic
  • Economic
  • Infant and child health
  • Education
  • Safety and Security

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Demographic Indicators
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Maternal education, language
  • Context of childrens lives

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Economic Security Indicators
  • Household income (per capita income)
  • Poverty
  • Eligibility for free and reduced price meals
  • Good annual proxy for child poverty
  • Public Assistance
  • Unemployment

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Infant and Child Health Indicators
  • Prenatal care
  • Infant mortality
  • Low birthweight
  • Immunizations
  • Injuries
  • Asthma
  • Obesity

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Education Indicators
  • Early childhood education
  • availability, cost and utilization of child care
  • Preschool attendance
  • CMT scores
  • Dropout rates

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Safety and Security Indicators
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Juvenile violent crime rates
  • Family violence

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Sources of Data
  • Public records
  • Local data
  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
  • Individual interviews
  • Inventories of resources/assets

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Census DataTab 5
  • Census data
  • factfinder.census.gov
  • Short form (demographics) available-in packet
  • SF3 and 4 (economics, education, employment) this
    summer and fall (2002)
  • Yearly estimates (CPS) not done for towns, and
    barely valid for state (demographics, poverty)

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Town DataTab 7
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Existing Data Sources
  • Review data sources pages
  • (Tab 8)

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Where to Call for ECE Data
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Some Data May Not Be Available
  • Mental health indicators
  • How many children are read to
  • Are children ready for school
  • Are schools ready for children
  • Percent of children who demonstrate age
    appropriate developmental skills
  • Quality of child care
  • Others?

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Data Cautions
  • Timeliness of data
  • Example State Health Department, 2000 Census
    Data
  • Quality of data
  • Ask questions
  • Who and how collected ( preschool)
  • Comparability of data
  • Example FRPM- definitions change
  • Example Data from two different sources
  • per capita income

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Estimates ofPer capita income
CPEC-1998 personal income-BEA
DECD- 1998 money income-census
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Data Collection CautionsEven Existing Data Can
Be Difficult to Collect
  • Often state and local officials either too busy
    or unwilling to give data-- worried it will be
    misunderstood, defensive

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Limitations of Existing Data
  • Census
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Not 1990, 2000 not ready
  • Self-report
  • Child poverty
  • No annual estimates for towns
  • TANF
  • Obsolete definition

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Look Behind the Numbers
  • Example 1. Fighting in a school in Colorado
  • Example 2 Branford drop out rate
  • Example 3 Variation among schools

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Child Indicators New Haven Suburbs 1998
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1. adjusted for 1996 population 2. based on
eligibility for free and reduced price lunch 3.
percent meeting state goal region 5 Amity
High School
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Example 2Branford Dropout rate1997-2001
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Example 3 Variation Among SchoolsManchester
School Poverty
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Example of Presentation of Data Manchester
School Poverty
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Data Interpretation and Analysis
  • Comparisons
  • Town with itself, within town (eg schools,
    neighborhoods), with other towns, with state,
    with nationjudgment by each variable
  • Danger of small numbers (lt10), small samples
    (lt100) unreliable 3 year averages
  • Other variables that could have an impact on
    changes in data (eg changing economics)

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Data Analysis, Interpretation and Prioritizing
  • SWOT analysis
  • How to interpret negative versus positive
  • What is your philosophy glass half full, glass
    half empty
  • Denial, defensiveness
  • Bring multiple sources of data together and
    interpret

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From Data to Action
  • Gathering information is only putting the pieces
    of puzzle on the table
  • Need to put the puzzle together
  • Need to look at data
  • Get everyone around the table and discuss what
    the data shows

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Future workshop?
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Future Workshops
  • Data tips 201
  • Count your data
  • Compute your data
  • Compare your data
  • Present your data
  • Examples of how to present data
  • Hands-on tutorials accessing data on the Internet

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Expanded Notebook
  • More town data health, early childhood
    education, crime, safety
  • A Guide to Using Data for Effective Advocacy
  • A Community Toolbox Assessing Community Needs
    and Resources
  • A Guide to Creating Community Report Cards

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Website www.ctkidslink.org
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