BENEFITING: DC ACTION FOR CHILDREN
EVENT DATE: Sep 16, 2013
In a city where the policy decisions which determine the allocation of resources and assets are guided by relationships and corrupt politics, our hope is to bring much needed transparency to DC government data through our e-Databook. We must be able to show how budget decisions align or do not align with the needs of our city’s 100,000 children.
In 2012, DC Action for Children created an innovative partnership with the national organization Kids Count and a dedicated group of pro bono scientists to create and build an online, interactive map to help elected officials understand child and youth well-being in DC. The map is the first of its kind to show, by DC ward and neighborhood, child success (graduation rates) and neighborhood assets such as home ownership, libraries, grocery stores, etc.
We hypothesize that where children lived, learned, and played deeply affected all aspects of their lives. We wanted to know: What kind of place is DC for children? With this tool, our work showed that the success of too many DC children was and is predetermined by their zip code, not by their gifts and abilities.
The next question we want to take on is: If we map public investments in children, will they align with where we have mapped need among children in DC?
Now, we need your help to continue enhancing the effectiveness and the usage of our e-Databook. With your donation, you can help us continue to advocate for the children of DC.