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What is the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey?

The Best Starts for Kids Health Survey is the first-ever survey about the health, well-being, strengths, and needs of young children and their families in King County. Thank you to the nearly 6,000 families who participated in 2017! This survey will help us understand the greatest strengths and needs of children across our diverse community.

We are currently analyzing the data, engaging community input to interpret the findings. 

Data input

How do I see the results?

Best Starts for Kids shares results in several ways:

Background Material

Best Starts for Kids Health Survey Data Briefs

Frequently asked questions

  • Nearly 6,000 King County families participated! Learn more about participants on the Best Starts Health Survey website.
  • It’s also important that the kids in the survey represent the demographics of all kids in King County. In terms of child race/ethnicity, we are really excited that the kids in the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey represent the County.
  • We will use the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey to assess strengths and needs, plan interventions, and evaluate impacts of the Best Starts initiative.
  • Survey results will show our starting point on several issues Best Starts programs will address, and they will also help us see how King County children are doing. 

Rather than waiting to release data until we have finished all data analyses, we are planning to share results over the next 6 months. We want to make the results available as quickly as possible.

The first results will be posted on the BSK Health Survey indicators website in June 2017, and we will continue sharing data into 2018.

To stay up to date, follow the BSK blog at:

  • This survey included questions about the child’s health, development, flourishing and resiliency, as well as family and community strengths and supports.
  • The majority of questions were from existing gold-standard national surveys like the National Survey of Children’s Health. A handful of questions were modified from the Washington State Healthy Youth Survey of middle and high school students or developed by subject matter experts.
  • Longer surveys tend to have lower participation, so we knew we had to keep the survey as short as possible. We started by making a list of possible questions. We then worked with local subject matter experts, community groups, and the Children and Youth Advisory Board to narrow down questions based on relevance to Best Starts for Kids. 
  • Randomly selected King County families with a child in fifth grade or younger were asked to participate between September 2016 and January 2017.
  • While still randomly selected, families identifying as having children of color were more likely to be asked to participate because we want to share the experiences of all demographic groups.
  • To increase participation in specific groups that may be hard to contact with surveys, local organizations and community partners were asked to distribute the survey in January 2017.
  • Thank you to the many organizations who contributed to this effort!
  • We partnered with survey experts at the University of Washington to help us collect this data.
  • Families had the option of taking the survey by phone with an interviewer, online, or on a paper survey that was mailed to their home. Interviewers followed up with families by phone and text message to increase participation.
  • To make the survey accessible to diverse families, the survey was available by phone and online in the six languages most commonly spoken by King County students: English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Chinese, and Somali. 

  • Yes! From beginning to end, we took an equity-based approach.
  • It’s important to have expanded demographic questions so that we have data to describe diverse communities. For the Best Starts for Kids Health Survey, our race/ethnicity questions included 21 different categories – 14 more categories than we usually have. We also asked questions about language spoken at home and LGBTQ+ families.

  • We finished data collection in January 2017
  • We are currently cleaning and analyzing data
  • We are currently partnering with specific communities to interpret data about their community results 
  • We will begin posting data findings in early 2018
  • It's an ongoing process, so you can expect a new survey request in either later 2018 or early 2019

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