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Align and connect data for decision-making


What Do You Want To Take Stock Of?: Exploring the Gallup Student Poll

This webinar discussed understanding youth outcomes through the Gallup Student Poll, a measure that tracks the hope, engagement and well-being of students in grades 5 through 12. Polly Lusk Page of the Northern Kentucky Education Council highlighted their recent survey findings and shared what they mean for their region.

Featured Speaker: Polly Lusk Page, Executive Director of the Northern Kentucky Education Council

Better Data 101 Webinar Recording

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011
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This webinar offers an introduction to the Better Data standards and offers several examples. Broadcast on May 31, 2011, the session was led by Larry Pasti, field services director, and Kiley Bednar, program manager, at the Forum for Youth Investment.

Developing and Sharing Juvenile Justice Data in New York State

As in many other states, New York’s juvenile justice system is run by several agencies that each collect and report their own data. Until recently, this data had never been compiled or distributed to offer a comprehensive understanding of the system. This project sought to empower state agencies to report data back to counties in a systematic way that could improve local planning. The Vera Project staff are currently working with county officials from across New York to help them use these and future reports to shape juvenile justice policies and practices.

Thursday, September 1, 2005
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In 2005, the Vera Institute of Justice collaborated with New York State to develop the state's first ever set of juvenile justice indicators- statistics that provide insight into an organization's work or the environment in which it operates. Providing a comprehensive view of juvenile justice, the project is a good example for other states looking to align their data.

Align and connect data for decision-making

There are two ways to make these connections. The first is horizontally: sharing data across systems, such as education, juvenile justice, health, etc. The second is vertically: sharing data from the individual level to the program level, and up to the city/county level and the state level.

Both of these directions provide important information for decision makers – be it a policymaker who needs to know about the impact of certain policies beyond her specific system, or an afterschool provider who can better tailor his programming based on a student’s performance in school.

Community Data Inventory Worksheet and Example

The worksheet was developed based on work with the Southeast Challenge Cities, as they identified the need to align their data amongst their stakeholders. The example is provided to aid leaders in completing their own community data assessment.

Thursday, February 3, 2011
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This worksheet and accompanying example help leaders get a fuller picture of how data are shared and disseminated in your community. It helps leaders assess how well they are collecting, warehousing and sharing data about youth outcomes, community, school and family supports, and leader efforts.

Better Data Toolkit

Probably all over the place, in different formats, with lots of gaps. State and local leaders routinely lament that while they have plenty of numbers about children and youth, they don’t have a complete or coherent picture.

Armed with a comprehensive set of data about young people, leaders can make better decisions about services and supports. They can see what approaches are working. They can guide their community or state in setting priorities about what resources to provide, to whom, and where.

Florida's Children and Youth Information Sharing System

Presented by the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet, this powerpoint shares the timeline and goals of the state's new Information Sharing System.

Thursday, March 11, 2010
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This presentation shows how Florida is designing and implementing data sharing between state agencies and equipping providers with a tool that helps them better serve children, youth and families.
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Precision Engineering

In this column, Pittman calls for the youth development field to improve their use of data. She says "changing the odds for young people requires us to not only be passionate in our commitment to providing high-quality supports and opportunities to all youth, but precise in measuring how well we and they are doing, so that we can make real time adjustments."

Friday, May 16, 2008
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This 2008 Youth Today column by Forum for Youth Investment CEO Karen Pittman stresses the importance of having a full picture of data on children and youth, including data that is linked from an individual level to a programmatic level to a city level.