Thoughtful, effective policies and programs rely on solid data. When policy decisions are rooted in data and research, kids grow up in economically secure families, live in resilient communities, and meet developmental, health, and educational milestones.
Montana Budget & Policy Center is Montana’s partner in the KIDS COUNT network, a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Through our work with the KIDS COUNT network, Montana Budget & Policy Center is dedicated to providing current, relevant, and reliable data to shape the issues affecting Montana children and families.
The KIDS COUNT Data Center is a one-stop source for child well-being data and statistics. We work with state agencies and other public data sources like the Census to compile additional data at the local level that is relevant for issues in Montana. We collect this local data and update the Data Center throughout the year to provide users with the most recent data available for children and families.
If you have questions about how to use the data or if there is data you’d like to request adding, please contact us.
The KIDS COUNT Data Book is an annual publication by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that assesses child well-being nationally and across the 50 states, as well as in the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Using an index of 16 indicators, the report ranks states on overall child well-being and in economic well-being, education, health and family and community domains.
County-specific information is some of the most needed and accessed data from stakeholders in Montana. It is used by local leaders as they make decisions for their communities, nonprofits or other groups when writing grants, and policymakers as they decide how to use public dollars.
Reports on Children and Families
We know that data is often not enough to advance public policy or implement an effective program. Policymakers, advocates, and citizens need that data put into context with thoughtful analysis and recommendations. Explore our reports focused on children and families that include a more in-depth analysis and recommendations.
MBPC is a nonprofit organization focused on providing credible and timely research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues that impact low- and moderate-income Montana families.