Kids' Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (KWIC) a tool to gather, plot and monitor NYS children's health, education and well-being indicator data present children's health, education and well-being indicators.
The Kids' Well-being Indicators Clearinghouse (KWIC), a project of the New York State Council on Children and Families, provides timely access to New York State Touchstones/ KIDS COUNT data through an interactive, publicly accessible website.
By providing policymakers, program administrators and citizens with timely access to New York State Touchstones and KIDS COUNT data, users will have an enhanced tool to gather and use indicator data to assess needs, design and improve programs, and sharpen their focus on outcomes.
KWIC will impact current practices at a number of levels by:
KWIC uses the Touchstones framework, organized by six major life areas: economic security, physical and emotional health, education, citizenship, families and communities. Each life area has a set of goals and objectives-representing expectations about the future, and a set of indicators-reflecting the status of children and families. This framework provides a holistic approach.
There are four major criteria for indicator selection:The measure has to focus on the characteristics of children and families, not on the characteristics of programs or services;
KWIC provides demographic data from the U.S. Census for each county and region of New York to help users understand the characteristics of the people behind the data.
The New York State Touchstones/ KIDS COUNT data used in KWIC was originally available through a paper-bound data book produced by the New York State Council on Children and Families. Data books will continue to be produced and will also be available on the Council’s website www.ccf.state.ny.us/Touchstones.html. Special reports focusing on specific topics, e.g., teenage pregnancy, also use the Touchstones framework and data.