Over the past 8 months, over 5,750 parents and caregivers have taken the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey. Thank you to all who contributed by taking the survey or helping us spread the word. Here is what is next.
Parenting is hard work, and it is our hope that learning about your experiences as a parent, child’s health, family strengths, and community supports will help Best Starts for Kids build on strengths and meet needs for families across King County.
Beginning this week, about 15,000 randomly chosen families with children in elementary school will receive a letter asking them to take the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey to help Best Starts for Kids answer these important questions about our kids’ health and well-being. Here are 7 things families should know about the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey.
Last week, we kicked off our month-long “community owned data” blog series. Today’s post shares more details about how “data dives” happened. Part of the idea behind the data dives is to put the power in the hands of specific communities to shape the narrative of what their data “means,” rather than having people without knowledge of community context and history tell the story. That’s why, rather than having generic community-wide events, we decided to hold community-specific data dives where we shared survey results specific to a community, alongside members of that community. Learn more…..
During the month of June, we will be running a “community owned data” blog series. This is our kick off post! Every other year, Best Starts collects community data that helps guide our funding strategies. To ensure that we are truly partnering with communities and sharing data ownership, Best Starts partnered with specific communities to have conversations about the data and help us understand it. We learned a lot from this process and want to share our learnings with our larger community here.
The groundbreaking new methods we used in the Best Starts Health Survey lead the nation in ensuring our data reflects the strengths and needs of all King County kids and families. A nation-wide panel of epidemiologists selected the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) National Award for Outstanding Epidemiology Practice in Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities.
We know that parenting is hard work. Help shape Best Starts for Kids investments by sharing your insight. The Best Starts for Kids survey is open until January 27th! How is childcare working or not working for you? Do your kids get the check-ups they need? What are ways that we can support families? This…