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The Diversitydatakids.org Project builds upon the work of DiversityData.org. Also funded by a major grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, this project will create a comprehensive and useful tool for people who are working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and promote racial/ethnic equity. With the understanding that a healthy and well-rounded childhood constitutes the foundation for being a healthy, productive and engaged citizen, the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) researchers have examined many areas (such as education, health and housing) to identify concrete indicators of child well-being. These indicators facilitate the measurement of opportunity equity among diverse children in the US. Diversitydatakids.org will also document promising state, local and federal policies that may help improve the lives of vulnerable children and promote equity.
This ICYFP project will culminate in an interactive website where users can easily access and analyze data related to children and opportunity in the United States. Still in the early stages of development, a Diversitydatakids.org website will be a portal for reports, policy briefs, tool kits, talking points and sponsored research. Links to relevant research and information related to children who live in poverty, children with special needs, immigrant children and other vulnerable populations will help inform policy decisions and interventions. Drawing from the expertise of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at the Ohio State University, the Diversitydatakids.org site will showcase the latest Geographic Information Systems mapping technologies as well as a comprehensive database of promising policies.