Release of 2011 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families

DATE: February 28, 2012

TO: Board of Supervisors

SUBJECT: RELEASE OF 2011 SAN DIEGO COUNTY REPORT CARD ON CHILDREN AND FAMILIES (ALL DISTRICTS)

SUMMARY: 
 
Overview
On January 10, 2006, the Board of Supervisors authorized staff to transition the production of the County Report Card to The Children's Initiative, a local non-profit agency that works to improve the well-being of children and youth in San Diego County through strategic alliances with government agencies, school districts, non-profits and businesses.  The 2011 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families has been developed with broad stakeholder input and guidance and provides continued trend and comparative data illustrating the health and well-being of our children and families in the domains of health, safety, education, welfare, and economic support. 

The 2011 edition of the Report Card continues to provide a comprehensive picture of the health and well-being of our children, youth, and families, as well as nationally researched strategies to improve outcomes and specific recommendations to facilitate progress.  A new update to this Report Card includes the addition of Live Well, San Diego!’s goals and outcomes, and a detailing of the Report Card’s alignment with this County initiative. The 2011 Report Card has also been updated with feature boxes that highlight emerging issues of concern and local topics that warrant stakeholder attention; the topics range from elective preterm delivery to children exposed to domestic violence as well as the rollout of health care reform. The Report Card also highlights San Diego’s efforts and progress toward improving key indicators.

Today’s item will include a presentation on the 2011 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families, which is included as an attachment to this Board Agenda item.

Recommendation(s)
VICE CHAIRMAN COX AND SUPERVISOR JACOB
Receive a presentation and direct the Chief Administrative Officer to distribute  the 2011 San Diego County Report Card on Children and Families to community stakeholders.

Fiscal Impact
There is no fiscal impact as a result of this action.

Business Impact Statement
N/A

Advisory Board Statement
N/A

BACKGROUND:
On August 6, 1997, the Board of Supervisors approved the development of a Report Card as a tool for monitoring the impact of policy and services on the health and well-being of children and families in San Diego.  In January 2006, the Board of Supervisors considered a proposal to transition the production of the Report Card to The Children’s Initiative with the goal of strengthening and expanding its use.   Research shows that a blend of public and private funding and the engagement of a wide variety of stakeholders in the development process are instrumental in the success and sustainability of a Report Card.  The Children’s Initiative is a local non-profit agency that works to improve the well-being of children and youth in San Diego County through strategic alliances with government agencies, school districts, non-profits and businesses. 

The Board approved the transfer with the expectation that The Children's Initiative would be the convener of a process for broad community involvement and procuring a blend of public-private funding to support and sustain the Report Card.  The County agreed to continue to be a government partner and contribute $25,000 annually for support, and The Children's Initiative committed to finding other funders and to engaging various community advisory boards, commissions, and County departments as partners in guidance and data provision.

The Children's Initiative convened a Leadership Advisory Oversight Committee comprised of leaders in the field of public health, education, juvenile justice, child welfare, criminal justice, and violence and injury prevention to guide the development of the Report Card.  A Scientific Advisory Review Committee was also convened to guide the data selection and ensure that data and data sources were valid and reliable. 

The Children's Initiative created a public-private blend of funding with original support from the California Endowment, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the McCarthy Family Foundation, and the Parker Foundation.  Current funding partners are The California Endowment, the McCarthy Family Foundation, the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, the Weingart Foundation, the Leichtag Foundation and the County’s Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA).   To date The Children’s Initiative has raised over $650,000 to support the Report Card, representing a cost savings to HHSA of over $512,000.

The Children's Initiative adopted a Results Based Accountability (RBA) framework.  Using RBA principles, they were able to increase the amount of trend and comparative data, reorganize the presentation of indicators for better accessibility, and facilitate the use of the Report Card data as agents for change by adding national best practices in prevention and intervention for each indicator, as well as County-specific recommendations for change.

The 2007 edition of the Report Card was released on February 4, 2008.  Following an extensive outreach and dissemination campaign, 2,800 copies of the Report Card were presented to leaders, stakeholders, governing agencies, advisory boards, commissions, and service providers in the community.

The 2009 edition of the Report Card was released on February 9, 2010.  With increased outreach and demand, over 3,700 copies of the Report Card were presented to the leaders, stakeholders, and governing agencies in the community.

The 2011 edition of the Report Card continues to provide a comprehensive picture of the health and well-being of our children, youth, and families as well as nationally researched strategies to improve our outcomes and specific recommendations to facilitate progress.  A new addition to this Report Card includes the addition of Live Well, San Diego!’s goals and outcomes, and a detailing of the Report Card’s alignment with the County’s initiative. This Report Card has also been updated with feature boxes that highlight emerging issues of concern and local topics that warrant stakeholder attention.  The topics range from elective preterm delivery to children exposed to domestic violence as well as the rollout of health care reform.

The distribution of the 2011 Report Card will enable policymakers, service providers, advocacy organizations and community members to use it as a tool in decision-making.

Linkage to the County of San Diego Strategic Plan
This item supports the Kids Initiative of the County of San Diego’s 2011-16 Strategic Plan by monitoring the health and well-being of children and families in San Diego County.

Respectfully submitted,

 

GREG COX                                                                    
VICE CHAIRMAN 

DIANNE JACOB
SUPERVISOR, DISTRICT 2