About Outcome Goals and Measures

The Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) wants to hear from you as it brings together the Children’s Administration, the Department of Early Learning and the Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration. 

As directed by HB 1661, DCYF will be setting overarching outcome goals for the new agency. An example of an overarching outcome goal might be increasing Kindergarten Readiness among children entering kindergarten, measured using WaKIDS data. DCYF requests your input on outcome goals (the things we want to be true for children and youth) and measures (data that can be used to track the outcome goals).

This survey is an opportunity for you to provide critical feedback on child and youth outcome goals and measures.

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* 1. If children, youth, and families were successful, what would that look like?

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* 2. DCYF is focused on measuring outcomes of education, health, and resilience. We are defining these categories of outcomes as follows:

Education: measures that assess the education, proficiency, and growth of children, youth, and families.

Health: measures that assess the physical and mental health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families.

Resilience: measures that assess the resilience and the ability to adapt and thrive, despite adversity, at the child, family, and community levels.

Are the above definitions of these broad categories of measures (education, health, and resilience) clear?

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* 3. Questions/comments about the education, health, and resilience categories?

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* 4. I would like to see DCYF's overarching child and youth outcome goals (ex: improving kindergarten readiness) include:

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* 5. DCYF should consider these potential measures of education, health, and/or resilience for children, youth, and families:

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* 6. When selecting outcome goals, DCYF should pay particular attention to: