Child Well-Being Scorecards
Welcome to Maryland’s Child Well-Being Scorecard. For more than 20 years, the Governor’s Office for Children (the Office) 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 Governor’s Office for Children’s effort to track and consolidate data from multiple agencies and jurisdictions to ensure greater transparency and allow for improved evaluation of programs.
On this page, you will find an overview of Results-Based Accountability™, a link to the Office’s 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.
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 Governor’s Office for Children, 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 28 indicators that allow decision-makers to assess the progress being made in improving the well-being of Maryland’s children.
In order to modernize the data reporting process and make it more useful for the Local Management Boards and Maryland’s citizens, the Governor’s Office for Children utilizes the Scorecard, a web-based application developed by Clear Impact, LLC. The Scorecard allows performance measures for all Local Management Board programs funded through the Children’s Cabinet Interagency Fund to be featured on the Governor’s Office for Children’s website 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.
Additionally, beginning in 2017, Maryland’s Child Well-Being Scorecard will serve as a replacement for the annual Results for Child Well-Being report. This allows for a number of improvements in the way the Office shares data and information with the Local Management Boards and the public. The Scorecard operationalized a number of improvements, including:
- The development of a greater level of transparency both at the State and jurisdictional level. In addition to data and narratives for all of the Results and Indicators tracked by the Governor’s Office for Children, the Office website will now feature 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 and the Governor’s Office for Children. 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 Governor’s Office for Children’s website will be able to view reports for specific Results and Indicators that will include historical information and in-depth discussions through the stories behind the data.