This curated collection of resources is designed to help city, county, state, and federal governments; philanthropy; activists and advocates; and other leaders for children to develop and institutionalize ways to hold policymakers accountable for the well-being of children. What follows are some of the resources we found especially useful in our research and analysis because they address one or more of the components of an accountability strategy for kids. Some resources from other fields are included that might offer insights for children.
Child Impact Assessments
Relatively little has been published about child impact assessments. And, to our knowledge, information pertaining both to the U.S. and other countries has not been pulled together in one place.
Kids Impact’s resources are the place to start:
- Fact Sheet #1: Youth Impact Assessments—Putting Kids Front and Center in Policy Decisions
- Youth Impact Assessment Tools for Local Communities & States
- Using Child Impact Assessments in Your Community or State: A Starter Guide
- Planning Checklist: Youth Impact Assessments (YIAs)
- Fact Sheet #2: Youth Impact Assessments—Making Sure Kids Get Their Fair Share of American Rescue Plan Funds
- Fact Sheet #3: Youth Engagement—A Key Ingredient for Effective Youth Impact Assessments
- How to Design a Child Impact Assessment Initiative That Best Fits Your Community: Key Decisions Roadmap
- Report: Child Impact Assessments—A Missing Piece to Spur Progress for U.S. Children
Additional resources are organized as follows:
Child Impact Assessments (CIAs): Sample Tools
Racial Equity Impact Assessments
Impact Assessments in Other Fields
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Policymaker Accountability Resources
These resources are included in the report, “Accelerating Policymaker Accountability, Charting the Course & A Call to Action.” Relatively little has been published or put together on accountability for children’s well-being as Kids Impact Initiative is defining it. By accountability we mean that public policymakers are clear about and highly incentivized to promote policies and practices that help children thrive, and mechanisms are in place to ensure shared expectations for children are met. At the end of these annotated resources is a bibliography of selected additional resources we reviewed in our research for this report.
State & Local
Messaging Related to Children’s Well-Being