Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. New York


Since New York has developed an interagency set of goals, objectives and outcome measures in the areas of health, education, and human services, the focus of this project is to increase access to and promote the use of childrens indicators.  This will be accomplished through the development of an interactive web site that will enable users to gather and manipulate county­level data according to their own needs.  New York considers the analysis of county­level data as critical to monitoring the effects of welfare reform.  The project is led by the New York State Council on Children and Families, an interagency group comprised of 13 state agency commissioners or directors whose agencies operate programs or administer locally­operated programs for children and families.  The partnership includes the state agencies on the Council, the Center for Technology in Government at the University of Albany/State University of New York, the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, and the New York State Office for Technology.  The Center for Technology in Government will design the web site; the College of Human Ecology will facilitate advisory committees of potential users to identify and prioritize indicator use issues and data needs.  An Executive Level Guidance Team, composed of senior level staff from the Councils member agencies, will be the structure through which agencies participate in the development of the web site and contribute data.