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PE058 Resources for Determining Youths Needs Lisa A. Guion1 1. This document is PE058, one of a series of the Department of Family Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extens ion Service, IFAS, University of Florida. Publication: Ma rch 2001. Revised November 2005. Visit the ED IS Web Site at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu 2. Lisa A. Guion, Ed.D., associate professor, Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Cooperative Extension Servi ce, IFAS, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL. 32611. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an E qual Opportunity Institution author ized to provide research, educ ational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to r ace, creed, color, religion, age, disabilit y, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations. U. S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florid a, IFAS, Florida A. & M. University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of C ounty Commissioners Cooperati ng. Larry Arrington, Dean Sometimes it can be overwhelming to try to identify data and statistics that detail the current situation in your counties. There are so many resources available, but you have to know where to find them. This resource guide will help you identify resources to enhance the rationale section of the Plan Of Work. In fact, the resources provide the latest data and statistics available on key indicators of the overall well-being of youth in your counties. Data on education related topics such as drop out rates; health data such as childhood injury type and rates; juvenile crime statistics; and a host of other topics are included in this resource guide. A special effort was made to make this resource guide as user friendly as possible. Thus, the guide is broken down into three sources: state, federal, and private/nonprofit. The resources in each section are alphabetized for your convenience. Perhaps more important, a summary of the type of data and statistics that each resource contains is provided with an example of its usage. The internet can be a fast and convenient way to locate valuable resources, but you must know where to find them or the task can be cumbersome. Most of the work has been done for you. All of the resources are web-based with links to the host Web sites included. Data summaries and reports can be easily downloaded and printed. Some files are in PDF format and require the Adobe Acrobat Reader which is available from Adobe at no charge. This information is provided to assist you in locating secondary data on key indicators of youth well-being in your county, and it does not take the place of needs assessments that provide more specific information about the needs, priorities, and concerns of your target audience. STATE SOURCES Department of Children and Families: Child Abuse Main Web site : http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/abuse/ Statistics and research Web site: http://www5.myflorida.com/cf_web/myflorida2/ healthhuman/childabuse/pubs.html Data provided includes: Received reports Closed reports
Resources for Determining Youths Needs Page 2 January 2006 Example: Clicking on the link Fiscal Year 1999-2000 will give you access to an 81 page document showing data most often requested by individuals interested in providing protective services to the residents of Florida. All data is arranged according to county. Department of Children and Families: Child Care Main Web site : http://www.dcf .state.fl.us/childcare/ Statistics and research Web site: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/publications/ Data provided includes: Violations Licensing Example: This page has a link that will show current reports on child care issues, such as violations and licensing, on a state level. Department of Children and Families: Domestic Violence Main Web site : http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/dom esticviolence/ Statistics and research Web site: http://www.oppaga.state.fl.us/reports/topic/healt top.htm l Data provided includes: Statistics for services provided (em ergency shelters, counseling, etc.) Age, sex, ethnicity of all involved Example: The link Domestic Violence Yearly Report (1999-2000) will provide virtually every statistic pertaining to domestic violence and children and youth. It is arranged on a county level as well. Department of Children and Families: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Main Web site: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/ Statistics and research Web site: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/mentalhealth/publicati ons/index.shtm l Data provided includes: Admissions Placement Enrollment Outcome measures Discharges Risk factors Key indicators Example: The link County Profiles under Risk Factor Profiles shows the num ber and percentage of middle school and high school students in your county currently using alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, and other drugs, and compares them to the state levels. Department of Education Main Web site: http:// www.firn.edu/doe Statistics and research Web site: http://www.fldoe.org/news/default.asp Data provided includes: Average class size Graduation and dropout rates Grades Incidents of crim e and violence Literacy Example: The link Graduation and Dropout Rates provides data on your countys rates that can be compared to the state average to show
Resources for Determining Youths Needs Page 3 January 2006 the problem or progress. All information can be categorized by county. Department of Health Main Web site: http://www.doh.state.fl.us Statistics and research Web site: http://www.floridacharts.com /charts/chart.aspx Data provided includes: Births (by age of m other, prenatal care, low birth-weight, etc.) Deaths (resident death, years of potential life lost, etc.) Termination of pregnancy Disease Morbidity (chronic and com municable) Population (total or by ethnicity) Smoking prevalence Overweight prevalence Example: Clicking on the link Public Health Indicators will allow you to compare data on health status indicators at the county, state, and national levels. Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Main Web site: http:// www.hsmv.state.fl.us/ Statistics and research Web site: http:// www.hsmv.state.fl.us/html/safety.html Data provided includes: Child passenger and safety equipm ent use in crashes Persons in crashes by age and gender Crashes by day of week and tim e of day Contributing causes Alcohol-related injuries/fatalities Bicycle injuries/f atalities Pedestrian injuries/f atalities Example: If you click on the link Traffic crash facts 2000 you can access an extensive amount of data in the areas of Use of Safety Equipment, Persons Involved in Crashes, When Crashes Occur, Casual Factors, and Data by County/City/Locality. Department of Juvenile Justice Main Web site: http:// www.djj.state.fl.us Statistics and research Web site : http://www.djj.state.fl.us/Research/statsnresearc h/keytrends.htm l Data provided includes: Intake, detention, and com mitment Judicial and non-judicial handling Community Control Referrals to JASP and transfers to the adult court system Information on indicators such as offense type, age, race, and sex Example: If you click on the link Delinquency Profile and follow the instructions for opening it, you will be able to access data broken down by service district and county via a W indows point-and-click interface. Data is presented in both tabular and graphic format, by offense type, age, race, and sex. Note: You must have MS Excel to access this particular database. FEDERAL SOURCES Federal Government Statistics Main Web site: http:// www.fedstats.gov Statistics and research Web site: sam e as above
Resources for Determining Youths Needs Page 4 January 2006 Data provided includes: Statistics on children, crim inal justice, education, employment, and dozens of other topics Example: If you click on the link Topic Links A to Z, you will get an extensive list of topics from which you can access statistics. While many of these are demographic statistics of the U.S., many are extremely relevant, and are sorted by county. U.S. Census Bureau Main Web site: http:// www.census.gov/ Statistics and research Web site: sam e as above Data provided includes: State and national data Rankings, com parisons, and summaries Profiles Example: If, under the title State and County Quickfacts, you select Florida, you are shown data that includes facts on Floridas people, businesses, and geography, with access to m ore areas as well. This data is also shown as percentages, and enables you to compare the state data with national data simultaneously. U.S. Census, Florida Counties Main Web site: http://www.census.gov/econ/census02/guide/02 EC_FL.HTM Statistics and research Web site: sam e as above Data provided includes: Populations Vital statistics Public school enrollm ents Incomes Poverty percentages Example: Clicking on a county on the m ap and then in the drag-down menu selecting Age will show you all information on population ages from the past few census results. PRIVATE AND/OR NON-PROFIT SOURCES American Camping Association Main Web site: http://www.acacamps.org Statistics and research Web site: http:// www.acacamps.org/research Data provided includes: Links to dozens of studies that correlate cam ping and positive attitude change in youth. Example: Clicking on the bibliography link will open to a page of over 100 relevant studies that list findings and results regarding the effects of cam ping on youth. CYFERNET Main Web site: http:// www.cyfernet.org Statistics and research Web site: http:// www.cyfernet.org/statis.html Data provided includes: A very valuable resource page for sites pertaining to children and adolescents. Included are links to statistics com plied by the U.S. Dept. of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau, Kids Count, and many more agencies
Resources for Determining Youths Needs Page 5 January 2006 Example: You could click on the first link listed Monitoring the Future which will take you to the site of an agency that conducts surveys of behavior and attitudes of adolescents and young adults, and publishes trends in drug and cigarette use. The Florida Network of Youth and Family Services Main Web site: http:// www.floridanetwork.org Statistics and research Web site: Click on the box that says Im proving the State of our Children, and at the bottom of the page is a section for data. Data provided includes: 2,402 com binations of risk factors Risk factors analyzed in relation to age, gender, ethnicity, etc. Impacts of agencies and program types in relation to risk factors Example: In the data section, if you click on the link called .pdf under Risk Factor Survey, you can view data pertaining to all the risk f actors in relation to multiple variables. Kids Count Main Web site: http:// www.aecf.org/kidscount Statistics and research Web site: same as above Data provided includes: Children living in poverty County populations under the age of 18 Childhood im munizations Example: W hile there are several links on this site for data, the one that may prove to be the most useful, since it is broken down by county, is K IDS COUNT Compiled State, County, City and Congressional District Data. And then click on either profile or raw data to access data on the number of children in various counties, cities, etc., categorized by ethnicity. The United Way Main Web site: http:// www.unitedway.org Statistics and research Web site: http://national.unitedway.org/stateofcaring/ Data provided includes: The United W ay State of Caring Index Example: If you click on the link United Way State of Caring Index State Profiles and then select Florida, you will see how Florida ranks nationally and how it has changed in the past ten years. This web site uses a geographic profile and a dem ographic profile, and also graphs all changes regarding economic and financial wellbeing, education, health, volunteerism, safety, natural environment, and other factors.