Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Utah


This project, housed in the Utah Department of Health, and involving five state agencies serving children, proposes to:

  1. Review, revise and adopt standard indicators of child health and well­being in Utah;

  2. Identify and develop new data sources for the indicators;

  3. Develop systems for analysis of the data at the state, health district, county and community levels;

  4. Develop a system for the meaningful reporting of the indicators; and

  5. Develop systems that provide broad access to the indicators and institutionalize their use for policy purposes.

Utah is specifically interested in developing improved small area analysis strategies for indicators that support systems change initiatives in highly­impacted neighborhoods in populous urban counties.  The partnership builds on five years of collaborative work between Utah Children, a community­based organization which publishes KIDS COUNT indicators, and member agencies of Families, Agencies and Community Together (FACT), an interagency effort involving state agencies, private and community organizations, and parents in interdisciplinary teams to coordinate childrens and families services.  The FACT Subcommittee on Data and Information Systems will provide the implementation structure for agencies, such as the Departments of Health, Human Services, Workforce Services, Education and the Administrative Office of the Courts, to participate in this project.