The following general data sources can be used to find population-based data.
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Resilience
Adverse childhood experiences and resilience factors influence child development and adult outcomes.
Centers for Disease Control
Kidsdata.org (California ACEs Data)
Essentials for Childhood Initiative: ACEs, California Update, 2011-2013 Data
California Health Interview Survey
The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research, funded in part by First 5 California, offers survey data via the AskCHIS query tool, AskCHIS Neighborhood Edition, Health Profiles, and special publications.
California Child Care Resource and Referral Network
The California Child Care Resource and Referral Network compiles data about the state and 58 counties in California communities about child care supply and demand at the local, regional, and statewide level.
California Child Welfare Indicators Project
The California Child Welfare Indicators Project is a collaborative venture between the University of California at Berkeley and the California Department of Social Services. Housed in the School of Social Welfare, the project provides policymakers, child welfare workers, researchers, and the public with direct access to customizable information on California’s entire child welfare system.
Child Care Data Reports
The California Department of Education, Early Education and Support Division, provides public information on child care and development programs.
Children's Data Network
Researchers at the University of Southern California, Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, integrate administrative data to develop applied and actionable research projects.
Children Now - California County Scorecard
County-level data visualizations track key indicators of child well-being across counties, over time, and by race and ethnicity.
County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America. The annual Rankings provide a revealing snapshot of how health is influenced by where we live, learn, work and play. The Roadmaps provide guidance and tools to understand the data, and strategies that communities can use to move from education to action.
Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, provides national information to identify who children are, what children need, and how to improve opportunities for all children. Includes maps of the Child Opportunity Index for metro regions of California.
Early Learning Needs Assessment Tool
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) developed this tool for users to create custom reports by county and California legislative district, with ZIP code detail, regarding the supply of and demand for early care and education. Data are available by age cohort for children ages 0-5. (Subscription required.)
Geography of Child Poverty in California
The Public Policy Institute of California’s interactive map highlights local variation in poverty among young children ages 0–5 across California.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation integrates multiple sources of data on children.
Kidsdata.org, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, promotes the health and well-being of children in California by providing an easy to use resource that offers high-quality, wide-ranging, local data to those who work on behalf of children.
Let's Get Healthy California - Healthy Beginnings
A healthy beginning sets the stage for health and well-being for a person’s entire life. These indicators represent important dimensions of children’s health and well-being from infancy through the teenage years.
Maternal Infant and Health Assessment Survey
The Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program of the California Department of Public Health surveys mothers who have recently given birth in California.
The March of Dimes Perinatal Data Center provides access to maternal and infant health data for the United States, state, or region.
United States Census Bureau
The United States Census Bureau collects data on children through multiple surveys and the decennial census.
The Evaluation Toolkit provides online resources to assist with program evaluation. The tools include general evaluation resources, logic model and theory of change development, surveys and questionnaires, introductory statistics, data management and statistical software, and data sources and information.
For evaluation information related to First 5 annual reporting, please see the Annual Report section of the Data Systems webpage.
Basic guidance is provided and is particularly useful for small nonprofits with very limited resources.
The CDC Program Performance and Evaluation Office offers evaluation resources related to logic models, data collection methods and sources, and evaluation of specific types of programs or interventions.
This one-stop online resource provides an easy way to find information on the effectiveness of various interventions as rated by eight national research clearinghouses. Policy areas include adult criminal justice, child welfare, pre-K-12 education, health, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, and youth development.
This guide compiles the evidence basis for key activities of North Carolinas Smart Start including, early care and education quality initiatives, child care subsidy, family support, early literacy, and health initiatives.
The Department of Health and Human Services launched the Home Visiting Evidence of Effectiveness (HomVEE) review to provide an assessment of home visiting program models that target families with pregnant women and children from birth to kindergarten entry.
The compendium of parenting interventions was commissioned by an interagency group of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to identify evidence-based parenting interventions most likely to be effective with families of young children.
An overview of a logic model, advantages and disadvantages, uses, and links to other resources.
Guidance on developing a logic model, successful communication plans and template, and program evaluations are provided.
An overview of theory of change, including structure, application, measurement, evaluation, and links to other resources.
Provides information on creating and implementing theory of change with multiple community partners.
An introductory overview of survey questionnaires, including when to use and how to develop.
An overview of question construction, including how to determine the appropriate questions and problems to watch for when developing the survey.
Information specific to survey development for local program evaluations. A useful follow-up report to the Program Evaluation Tip Sheet (above).