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Best Starts for Kids 2018
Communities building impact

$52.7M

invested in making King County a welcoming place where everyone can thrive

220+

partners leveraged BSK funding and expertise to strengthen their communities

1,355+

hours of technical assistance leveraged by communities

400+

new and continuing programs

16,700+

children received food, essential supplies, and other support

1,920+

families and young people stayed housed

3,870+

young people took part in youth development programs

Best Starts for Kids is results-focused and data-driven, with 5 percent of all levy money allocated towards data and evaluation. Best Starts for Kids uses a framework of Results Based Accountability to measure how our programs work for the children and families we serve, as well as how these services contribute toward better health and well-being for all kids, families, and communities in King County. These three questions guide all Best Starts data collection and evaluation efforts:

  • How much did we do?
  • How well did we do it?
  • Is anyone better off?

Want to know what we are doing across King County? Click on any topic below to learn more! The links below will take you to performance data for each investment strategy in Best Starts for Kids. Look again next year as we add programs and data on their activities.

More information about Best Starts for Kids Performance Measures

The Best Starts for Kids initiative is in its third year of implementation. This site currently shows performance data for programs launched in the first and second years of Best Starts for Kids implementation.The Best Starts for Kids data and evaluation team is hard at work collaborating with funded partners to evaluate new investment areas. Check this site next year for more performance data on these investments.

Performance measure data on this site will be updated annually at a minimum.

King County residents are eligible to receive multiple services through Best Starts for Kids. Because some programs funded through Best Starts for Kids do not collect individually identifying data, it is not possible to determine an initiative-wide number of children and families served. Rather, the Best Starts for Kids data team works closely with each program to evaluate how many children, young people, or families received services, and the impact those services had.

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