Advancing States' Child Indicator Initiatives: Promotional Indicators Forum . Process for Developing Promotional Indicators

02/04/2000

Carol M. Trivette, Ph.D.

Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute

February 2000

Definition

Promotion refers to enhancing, bringing about, and optimizing positive growth and functioning. This can occur for individuals (i.e., children, youth, young adults, and senior adults) and for groups (i.e., families, neighborhoods, and communities).

Development of Promotional Indicators

The process of developing promotional indicators begins by focusing on three areas:

  • The targets (i.e. children, families, youth, community) of the process;
  • The categories (i.e. physical health, education, shelter) of interest as they relate to the specific target(s) of the evaluation (i.e., children's physical health, families' emotional health) and
  • The dimensions (i.e. nutrition, primary physician) within each category (i.e., for physical health for children the important dimensions might be nutrition, primary care provider, immunizations).

Once the targets, categories, and dimensions of the process have been determined, then the development of promotional indicators can begin. The values and culture of the state or community that is the focus of this process will influence the development of specific promotional indicators. For example, a process indicator of literacy in young Native American children might deal with the amount of storytelling the children experience. For a middle class group of families, the indicator of literacy might be the amount of time parents spend reading to their children each day.

Though the targets, categories and dimensions will remain the same, the specific promotional indicators may vary at times across different locations. There are three types of promotional indicators: process indicators, intervening indicators, and outcome indicators. There will not necessarily be one of each type (process, intervening, outcome) of indicator for every dimension and there may be more than one indicator per type for a single dimension.

Target Categories Dimensions
Examples of Target, Categories and Dimensions
Young Children Emotional Health Stability
Nurturance
Trusting Relationship
Social Responsiveness
Attachment
Child Affect
Physical Health Nutrition - Quality
Nutrition - Quantity
Exercise
Emergency Health Care
Dental Care
Safety - Accidents
Primary Health Care
Education Peer Interactions
Stimulating Non-Social Environment
Stimulating Social Environment
Learning Valued
Responsive Social Environment
Responsive Non-Social Environment
Shelter Stable
Safe
Youth Emotional Health Nurturance
Spirituality
Self Esteem
Social Connections
Social Competency
Personal Responsibility
Physical Health Nutrition - Quality
Nutrition - Quantity
Exercise
Health Care Access
Dental Care
Primary Health Care
Education Achievement Motivation
Literacy
Educational Attainment
Math Competency
Problem Solving
Shelter Stable
Safe
Parents Emotional Health Self Esteem
Social Skills
Social Connections
Parental Efficacy/Control
Communication Skills
Parenting Style
Empowerment
Spirituality
Physical Health Nutrition - Quality
Nutrition - Quantity
Exercise
Health Care - Access
Dental Care
Primary Health Care
Emergency Health Care
Transportation Dependable
Economical
Education Advanced Training
Educational Attainment
Education Valued
Economic Security Stable Employment
Quality Employment
Shelter Stable
Affordable
Safe
Community Emotional Health Family Friendly Work Places
Safe
Diversity of Leadership
Volunteerism
Caring Neighborhoods
Identity
Spirituality
Physical Health Clean Air
Nutrition - Quality
Water Quantity
Infectious Disease
Education Quantity Child Care
Quality Child Care
High School Alternatives
Community Colleges
Technical Schools
Economic Security Employment Benefits
Quality Employment Options
Vitality
Shelter Safe
Affordable

 

Copyright © 2000 Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute

Targets
Infants

Young Children

Children

Preteens

Parenting Adults

Adults

Senior Adults

---->
Categories
Mental/Psychological
Health
Physical Health
Social Support
Education
Economic Security
Shelter
Spirituality
---->
Dimensions
Sharing, Nurturance, Stability, Empowerment, Self-Esteem
Exercise, Primary Health Care, Dental Care,
Nutrition - Quality, Quantity
Informal/Formal
Literacy, Education Valued, High School Alternatives
Stable Employment, Job Options
Safe, Stable, Affordable
Values, Shared Beliefs

 

Framework for Developing Promotional Targets, Categories, and Dimensions
Copyright © 2000, Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute