A critical question — and one that Baltimore could not answer with any confidence just a few years ago. Today, through the Baltimore City Data Collaborative and other local resources, how young people and families in Baltimore are doing is carefully measured and is reported out on both a citywide and a neighborhood-by-neighborhood basis. Search here for data on the well-being of Baltimore's children, youth and families.
The Safe and Sound Campaign calls on local and state government to know the health and safety status of Baltimore's children, youth and families before making decisions to allocate resources for services intended to maintain and improve their well-being. In order to do this, officials need current, accurate citywide data to measure against generally accepted indicators of child and family well-being. The tracking of these indicators can be a catalyst for interagency coordination across governmental agencies.
When the Campaign began in 1996 there was no central repository for the collection, analysis or dissemination of data describing the conditions of Baltimore's children, youth or families. In 1998, the Safe and Sound Campaign joined with the Maternal and Child Health Department of the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health to form the Baltimore City Data Collaborative.
Now housed at the Family League of Baltimore City, the Baltimore City Data Collaborative's mission is to provide an accurate and timely description and analysis of the well-being of Baltimore 's children, youth, and families at both a citywide and community level to inform policy and planning decisions and monitor the city's progress in improving outcomes.
Contact Edwin Quiambao, Data Collaborative Coordinator, Family League of Baltimore City (410) 662-5500.
Since 1997, child abuse and neglect has dropped