This project is led by the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families in partnership with the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Social Services, Delaware KIDS COUNT, the University of Delaware, and the Family Services Cabinet Council (FSCC), an interagency council chaired by the Governor. The project will build upon current efforts by the state to develop and publish a series of benchmark indicators called FAMILIES COUNT. In the first year, the project will:
Review existing indicators, policy goals, strategic plans, and performance measures;
Take an inventory of data sources and identify data gaps; and
Hold public forums to seek input on policy goals and indicators.
Based on this information, the project will develop a plan to better link these indicators and data sources with policy making. In year two, the project will implement this plan within selected areas of childrens health and wellbeing, with particular emphasis on welfare reform issues. Decisionmaking authority will rest with the FSCC, while two subcommittees of the Services Integration Working Group, the operations arm of the FSCC, will be responsible for technical data work. Project coordination is provided by the University of Delaware.