Pocket Cards for Utah Lawmakers

14 February 2017 Written by  

The basic premise of KIDS COUNT is that in order to affect good policy change for kids you must have good data on their well-being. In addition, to be the most effective, the data needs to be geographically relevant to the users. For many years, the Utah KIDS COUNT Project housed at Voices for Utah Children has produced a yearly county-by-county assessment of child well-being consisting of close to 30 indicators. This publication is given to all Utah’s legislators in the hope that they will use it to make reasonable, data-driven policy that benefits all Utah’s children and their families.

This legislative session, we took providing data one step further and created pocket sized data cards that are specific to just their districts. The 104 distinct cards provide statistics on 19 indicators of child well-being. We hope policymakers will use this data to promote effective policies and track the well-being of children to ensure that families are on paths to economic opportunity and communities are safe and healthy for all kids, regardless of race, class or zip code.

See them here:

pdfPocket Cards

For 30 years now, Voices for Utah Children has called on our state, federal and local leaders to put children’s needs first. But the work is not done. The children of 30 years ago now have children of their own. Too many of these children are growing up in poverty, without access to healthcare or quality educational opportunities.

How can you be involved?

Make a tax-deductible donation to Voices for Utah Children—or join our Network with a monthly donation of $20 or more.  Network membership includes complimentary admission to Network events with food, socializing, and opportunity to meet child advocacy experts. And don't forget to join our listserv to stay informed!

We look forward to the future of Voices for Utah Children and we hope you will be a part of our next 30 years.

Special thanks to American Express, our "Making a Difference All Year Long" sponsor. Amex


Terry Haven 300Terry Haven, Deputy Director, joined the organization in 1996. She researches and publishes the annual Utah KIDS COUNT data book that reports on the well-being of Utah's children by county. She analyzes U.S Census data and provides data support for all Voices issue areas. She also conducts trainings and provides technical assistance on data work for community groups. Terry is the point person at Voices for our work on Intergenerational Poverty and two-generation strategies for moving children and their families out of poverty. This includes working with the Intergenerational Poverty Commission Research Subcommittee and focusing on chronic absence.Terry works with a number of national partners including the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Ascend Fund at the Aspen Institute, and Attendance Works to help further the mission of Voices for Utah Children. Her academic background is in sociology, with a Bachelors degree and Masters degree from the University of Wyoming.