large administrative dataset is the AHRQ’s National Hospital Discharge Data Set. However, these sources vary in the degree to which they are representative of conditions in the population, because they undercount individuals with poorer access, tend to be health insurer specific, and because of the considerable evidence that coding is often inaccurate. Issues related to how to interpret data for which
KIDS COUNT, a national and state-level project aimed at assessing the status of children in the United States, was initiated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation in the late 1980s.
The initiative is designed “to contribute to public accountability for different child outcomes, resulting in a model for data-driven advocacy for children, their families, and their communities.” KIDS COUNT publishes an annual data book that presents state-level data on the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children using indicators from multiple data sets. The Casey Foundation also funds a national network of state-level KIDS COUNT projects that provides a more in-depth and detailed view of children in their state.
The 10 measures used to rank states on overall child well-being include:
The project has also published a series of special reports, such as:
For more information, see www.kidscount.org.