Welcome to the fully-launched Oregon Child Integrated Dataset (OCID). This innovative data resource will help state leaders to work together more efficiently and effectively to ensure all Oregon children have the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The best policies and investments have data at their foundation. Through a series of dashboards, data from the last two decades will provide Oregonians new access to cross-program information on a range of education, child welfare, and other indicators of well-being. By bringing together data from five state agencies and enabling us to examine the health and well-being of children over time, OCID will allow us to target our investments, evaluate their return, and hold ourselves accountable to the results.
OCID compiles data by family where possible instead of by agency, giving us a full picture of how different programs across state government have interacted with similar children and families over time. As we examine the pathways groups of children and families take through state services, we will be able to identify where we can make improvements at critical contact points to better serve them.
The transparency made possible by OCID will help to build trust in state systems by holding us all accountable. There is no question that the data we collect will only be as useful as the actions we take informed by that data moving forward. We must be bold enough to address the historical shortcomings that have left far too many Oregon children, particularly those from communities of color disproportionately impacted by poverty, behind.
Thanks to the years of hard work that have made OCID a reality, we have a clear view of the size and scope of the challenge we face, but I believe we will be up to the task.
We have to be. Oregon’s children are counting on us.