Numbers

Data In Action

 

More than numbers.

Collecting data is essential in our ability to track progress toward community-wide goals. While we rely on these numbers to help us make important decisions, we never lose focus on our mission —improving the future of youth and families in Adams County. They are the reason why we crunch the numbers, analyze the data, share results with partners, and then do it all over again!

How do we use data?

We begin by identifying a set of partnership level outcomes that are important to the success and well-being of children and youth – measuring what matters most. For each of these outcomes, we then choose a core indicator—a specific data point that can be measured county-wide and monitored from year to year to track progress toward our goals. Monitored indicators are also measured in order to understand underlying causes for trends we see in core indicators, and to directly evaluate the impact of specific programs and interventions – the work in the community.

Data leads to action.

Based on the data, Collaborative Action Networks (CANs) set goals (short- and long-term) for the changes we hope to see as a result of the work; and then devise strategies for reaching those goals. The outputs of CAN work are the set of activities completed in implementation of strategies.

Data shows results.

Finally, we circle back to outcomes and examine the data again. Did we see improvement in core/monitored indicators? The process of continuous improvement means cycling through each of these steps—measuring data, setting new/revised goals, adjusting strategies, taking action, and then measuring data again.

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