The Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) has been working since 2009 to develop an integrated and longitudinal child dataset to assist Oregon policymakers guide program and resource decisions to improve the well-being of children in the state. In 2013-2014, the Center received a state appropriation to test the concept of integrated data by examining Oregon foster care entry and exit, incidences of child maltreatment, and associated risk factors and characteristics using a similar integrated set of data.
This work helped to prove the capabilities of such an effort, and in 2019 the Oregon legislature appropriated $2 million for the 2019-2021 biennium, requiring $1 million in matching contributions from private sector philanthropies. OCID has been established to provide Oregon policymakers and community leaders with a powerful data tool to improve the health and well-being of Oregon children and families by displaying accessible, cross-program data and generating timely, Oregon-specific data-driven evidence to support effectively prioritizing resources and efficiently focusing on the most meaningful policy changes.
OCID currently receives data from the following state agencies: Oregon Department of Education, Oregon Early Learning Division, Oregon Department of Human Services, Oregon Health Authority, and the Oregon Youth Authority. Additional data sources may be added in the future to create a more comprehensive view of child well-being in Oregon. The OCID population is defined as infants born in Oregon from 2001 onwards, along with their parents identified on the birth certificate. Agency data from foster care, Medicaid, education, and other public programs is matched with the birth certificate data. The data is governed by standardized data use agreements (DUAs) and each agreement lasts through 2023. Individual level data are protected in two ways: identifying information are stripped from the dataset before use and results are suppressed below a minimum threshold outlined in the DUAs (referred to in the Child Well-being Dashboard as “Suppressed”). To learn more about the dataset, please visit the Dataset Overview.
A Governance Committee guides the work of OCID including development of the Child Well-being Dashboard, focus and prioritization of policy questions for further analyses, and strategic planning to maximize the public benefit of OCID. The membership of the Governance Committee includes Oregon State Legislators, directors or deputy director state agencies contributing data to OCID, Oregon’s Chief Data Officer, and representatives from the Governor’s Children’s Cabinet, the Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office, and Oregon philanthropic organizations. More information about the Governance Committee and its members can be found on the OCID Governance page.
The Center for Evidence-based Policy (Center) at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) leads OCID, providing leadership, management, data analytics, and quality assurance. The Center provides independent scientific direction and review of all analysis.
OHSU’s Center for Health Systems Effectiveness (CHSE) is a close partner, providing strong analytic support, statistical modeling, and management of the research dataset. ECONorthwest has historically been a partner to provide economic analysis and analytic modeling. These organizations enjoy well-earned reputations for excellence, and work extensively with state partners, providing a diversity of experience and perspective that informs the analytic work.
OCID is made possible by Governor Kate Brown, the Oregon legislature, and private philanthropic organizations. The Oregon legislature allocated $2 million for the 2019-2021 biennium and required a $1 million match from the private sector for a total OCID budget for 2019-2021 of $3 million.
Currently, nine philanthropic funders have provided additional seed funds to build a more robust dataset:
- Ford Family Foundation
- Health Share of Oregon
- James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation
- Kaiser Permanente
- Lora and Martin Kelley Family Foundation
- Oregon Community Foundation
- Oregon Hospital Research and Education Foundation
- PacificSource Foundation for Health Improvement
- WRG Foundation