Child Well-Being Scorecards
Welcome to Maryland’s Child Well-Being Scorecard. For more than 20 years, the Children’ Cabinet and the State’s child-serving agencies have utilized the Results-Based Accountability™ framework to focus planning, decision-making, and budgeting on desired results and outcomes. The Child Well-Being Scorecard represents the Office’s effort to track and consolidate data from multiple agencies and jurisdictions to ensure transparency and allow for improved evaluation of programs.
On this page, you will find an overview of Results-Based Accountability™, a link to the most recent Results for Child Well-Being report, and links to pages highlighting the prioritized Results and programs for each of Maryland’s 24 Local Management Boards. Note – performance measure data for the programs funded by Local Management Boards is updated twice yearly (mid-year and year-end).
Results and Indicators
Results-Based Accountability™ identifies a result to achieve, selects indicators that act as proxy measures for the result, tells the story behind the data, identifies necessary partners and effective strategies, and develops an action plan and budget. Traditionally, the Office, on behalf of the Children’s Cabinet, has issued the annual Maryland’s Results for Child Well-Being report. This report provides information on eight Results from areas known to affect a child’s ability to grow up healthy and secure. Within these eight Results, the Children’s Cabinet tracks 40 Indicators that allow decision-makers to assess the progress being made in improving the well-being of Maryland’s children.
The Office utilizes the Scorecard, a web-based application developed by Clear Impact, LLC, for data reporting for programs funded by the Local Management Boards. The Scorecard allows performance measures for all Local Management Board programs funded through the Children’s Cabinet Interagency Fund to be featured online with data for the program’s performance measures. These data, along with a background of the Local Management Boards and their programs, are available on the left menu of this page.
Since 2017, Maryland’s Child Well-Being Scorecard serves as a replacement for the printed annual Results for Child Well-Being report. This allows for a number of improvements in the way data and information is shared with the Local Management Boards and the public including:
- A greater level of transparency both at the State and jurisdictional level. In addition to data and narratives for all the Results and Indicators tracked, the website features information on all of the Local Management Board programs funded by Maryland’s Children’s Cabinet.
- A more efficient and effective reporting system for the Local Management Boards. The Scorecard serves as a hub for all program performance measures and allow both the Office and the Local Management Boards to view changes over time and better identify both successes and areas in need of improvement.
- User-friendly reports. Visitors to the online Scorecard will be able to view reports for specific Results and Indicators that includes historical information and in-depth discussions through the stories behind the data.