Data! And other happy things...


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Need data on how children are faring in your community? Visit the North Carolina state profile on the KIDS COUNT Data Center to access over 100 state, county and community-level indicators of child well-being.

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  • Today, I will introduce the North Carolina KIDS COUNT project and give a brief overview of how to use the KIDS COUNT Data Center to access national, state, county and congressional district data on over 100 indicators of child well-being.Although this is a presentation about data, this is not a data presentation. This is not a presentation about “the why.” If you are sitting in this room listening to me talk about data (sans threat of violence or coercion) it is because you probably understand the importance of data. You know that data—when timely, accurate and relevant to your audience—can help identify gaps, highlight success and assess the effectiveness of public policy programs and interventions. You know that data can help drive better decision-making and promote improved outcomes for children and families. This is a presentation about “the how,” how the Data Center makes life a little easier, and happier for folks seeking community-level data on child well-being in North Carolina. Which brings us to the first reason you’ll probably love the Data Center…
  • That’s right, Dashi. Dashi is a type of stock that forms the foundation of many Japanese dishes. It can be made a number of ways, but the most basic form is made with kombu (or kelp) and is available in a powder form.Admittedly, I’m not the best cook, but every now and then I get this outlandish idea that today will be the day I conquer my cooking challenges and make some fantastic recipe.One day, I decided to make Miso Soup. Miso is a traditional Japanese soup consisting of dashi with softened miso paste and other ingredients. I put together my shopping list and set out to find the items at my neighborhood grocery store. No luck. So I tried a different store (you know the kind that specializes in healthy foods) and I picked up a few things on my list, but still had no luck with others—including the dashi powder. I tried one more store, no luck.It was then that I happened upon a small market that specialized in food items common in Japanese cuisine. Low and behold I found ALL the outstanding items on my list and was able to return home, dashi in tow, and put together my miso. An activity that ended up taking several hours would have only taken minutes if I had visited that specialty market first.
  • Think of the KIDS COUNT Data Center as that specialty market, your one-stop shop for data on child well-being in North Carolina. Instead of going to one website for demographic data on children under 18, another for education data, another for juvenile justice, another for economic security, another for health; submitting data requests to receive some of that data at the county level; and finally, visiting another set of sites when you need national data, the KIDS COUNT data center compiles all that great information (from all of those really great and reliable sources) in one location.
  • North Carolina designated the Scuppernong grape as the official state fruit in 2001—or so Google tells us.
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  • Data! And other happy things...

    1. 1. DATA!<br />(and other happy things)<br />Five reasons to<br />really, really like the <br />KIDS COUNT Data Center<br />Laila A. Bell<br />Director of Research & Data<br />
    2. 2. #dashinot<br />#par_tay<br />#scuppernonggrapes<br />#f.a.f.<br />#udata<br />
    3. 3. Reason #1:<br />Ditch the ‘dashi dash.’<br />#dashinot<br />
    4. 4. This is dashi powder.<br />
    5. 5. Compiles<br />Into this.<br />
    6. 6. Reason #2:<br />Every day is a data fiesta.<br />#par_tay<br />
    7. 7. Right now, you are less than <br />three clicks away from state data.<br />Don’t believe me?<br />
    8. 8. Pathway #1:<br />Data Center Home Page<br /><br />Data by State><br />North Carolina><br />Voila!<br />
    9. 9. Pathway #2<br />Action for Children Web Site<br /><br />KIDS COUNT Data Center><br />Voila!<br />Research & Publications><br />
    10. 10. Reason #3:<br />A tale of two home pages. <br />#scuppernonggrapes<br />
    11. 11. Data Center Home Page<br />Data spanning the U.S.<br />Links to state home pages<br />Compare states or cities<br />
    12. 12. North Carolina Home Page<br />State Profile<br />County & Community<br />Profiles<br />
    13. 13. “Apples to apples.”<br />“Scuppernong grapes to scuppernong grapes.”<br />
    14. 14. So you want <br />to compare data?<br />=<br />+<br />Don’t worry, it’s easy.<br />=<br />+<br />=<br />+<br />+<br />=<br />
    15. 15. Reason #4:<br />Remember those “other happy things…’<br />#f.a.f.<br />
    16. 16. …well here they are.<br />Impressive features like:<br />Graph!<br />Map!<br />Download!<br />Rank!<br />
    17. 17. Frequently Accessed<br />Functions<br />Rankings, graphs and maps<br />Create a line graph<br />Create a map<br />Pat yourself on the back<br />Download raw data<br />Save a map<br />
    18. 18. Share via social networking<br />and other Web sites.<br />Facebook<br />Twitter<br />Your Web Site<br />
    19. 19. Reason #5:<br />Turn any cell phone<br />into a smart(er) phone.<br />#udata<br />
    20. 20. Oh, the places you’ll go!<br />(And still have access to data.)<br /><br />10 national indicators <br />of child well-being.<br />
    21. 21.
    22. 22. Recap:<br />Five features worth<br />really, <br />1. Compiles data from multiple<br />sources in one location.<br />really liking. <br />#dashinot<br />2. Fast and easily accessible.<br />#par_tay<br />3. Demystifies data comparisons. <br />#scuppernonggrapes<br />4. Facilitates data visualization and sharing.<br />#f.a.f.<br />3. Promotes data access on the go.<br />#udata<br />
    23. 23. DON’T WORRY<br />…there’s more!<br />Join the Action for Children<br />community online at<br /><br />And find us on<br />
    24. 24. LIKE THIS PRESENTATION?<br />STEAL THESE SLIDES!<br />And when you do,<br />please remember to credit<br />Action for Children North Carolina<br />Sharing is caring.<br />
    25. 25. About Action for Children <br />North Carolina<br />Since 1983, Action For Children has used data and research to promote better outcomes for North Carolina’s children and families.<br />Our vision is that North Carolina will be the best place to be and raise a child.<br />Our mission is to advocate for child well-being by educating and engaging all people across the state to ensure that children are healthy, safe, well-educated and have every opportunity for success.<br />Action for Children is the North Carolina partner for the KIDS COUNT project, a national and state-level initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation which seeks to enrich local, state and national discussionsby tracking quantitative indicators of child well-being.<br />