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High-quality data on the well-being of Hawaiʻi’s keiki are now available through a long-standing partnership between the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Center on the Family and Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network (HCAN). The new Hawaiʻi KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard is an interactive website that monitors the well-being of Hawaiʻi’s children. It includes demographic, education, economic, and health and safety data.

“This project gives the public and decision makers a clearer picture of how keiki are faring across the state,” said Deborah Zysman, executive director of Hawaiʻi Children’s Action Network—an organization that has long invested in research and uses data to promote policy that aims to ensure that all children are healthy, safe and ready to learn. “We hope this data dashboard will spark conversations and inspire solutions to ensure all children and families in Hawaiʻi can thrive.”

The Hawaiʻi KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard provides statewide and county-level data on 19 metrics and allows users to track changes over time. Data is gathered from various state and national sources, with rolling updates to the dashboard as new data become available from original sources. The Hawaiʻi KIDS COUNT Data Dashboard represents a subset of child well-being indicators that the partnership shares on the national KIDS COUNT Data Center.

“It’s difficult to make policy without good data,” said Kathleen Gauci, data center manager at the UH Mānoa Center on the Family. “We hope that the dashboard, as well as other data we make available through the Hawaiʻi KIDS COUNT project, will serve as tools to assess where we are doing well for our children and where we need improvements.”

Funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Hawaiʻi KIDS COUNT project is a partnership between HCAN, the UH Center on the Family, Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice and the Hawaiʻi Budget and Policy Center.

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