Showcase Your Organization's Use of KIDS COUNT Data

KIDS COUNT is a major initiative of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The work provides high-quality data and trend analysis for what is happening right here in South Carolina. This valuable information is used to enrich our discussion and decisions on ways to secure better futures for all children – and to raise the visibility of children’s issues through a non-partisan, evidence-based lens.

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The KIDS COUNT Data Center Award recognizes an outstanding user (individual or organization) of the South Carolina KIDS COUNT Data Center to highlight the work of the user as well as the many ways that KIDS COUNT data can be applied to improve the lives of South Carolina’s children and families.

The award winner will receive $1,000 and promotion of their data usage. Promotion will include a photo on Children’s Trust KIDS COUNT webpage, photo and column in Children’s Trust newsletter, and social media posts.

KIDS COUNT Data Award applications will be judged on three key criteria:

  1. Creativity – used data in an innovative way
  2. Clarity – data use in-line with intended purpose
  3. Impact – result from using the data

Children’s Trust welcomes your application. Eligibility guidelines are below to help you determine whether your organization’s initiative is eligible for consideration. As you prepare your submission materials, you may also find it useful to review the South Carolina KIDS COUNT Data Award Rubric (PDF).


Eligible data users for the KIDS COUNT Data Award can be individuals or organizations. Users must reside in South Carolina, and projects must have been completed within the past three years. Data must be accessible through the KIDS COUNT Data Center and specific to South Carolina (data may be used at any level within the state). For example, the data used might be the South Carolina poverty rate, Richland County third-grade reading proficiency, South Carolina congressional district labor participation, etc. The data use is open to any context. For example, the data might have been used in a community presentation, grant application, published report, visualization, website enhancement, etc. Applications that do not align with Children’s Trust values or the purpose of the KIDS COUNT Data Center are not eligible.

Process and Criteria

Applications for the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Award will be accepted beginning August 7, 2017. The submission deadline for consideration is September 14, 2017.

Applications will be reviewed by the South Carolina State Data Team following the submission deadline. This team is comprised of researchers and statisticians from state agencies, universities, and nonprofits who specialize in data use and evaluative research. State Data Team members will assess applications collectively using the S.C. KIDS COUNT Data Center Award Rubric (PDF) and vote to select the user who best meets the award criteria. Applicants will be informed of their award status by September 25, 2017. The winning user will be publicly presented their award at the Children’s Trust Prevention Conference on October 2, 2017.


  • August 7 – Application opens
  • September 14 – Applications due
  • Week of September 17 – Winner is selected
  • September 25 – Applicants notified of award status
  • October 2 - Public announcement of winner at Children’s Trust Prevention Conference 2017


Applications for the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Award are due September 14, 2017.

Completion of the online form linked below will constitute a complete South Carolina KIDS COUNT Data Award application. The application cannot be saved and returned to, so you may prefer to work on your responses in a separate document before pasting them into the form. Responses within the application form must be 350-500 words and address all questions in the order in which they appear. Applications are permitted to include hyperlinks throughout, but may only include one attached document of no more than one page in length. Attachments must be named using the following format: ApplicantName_2017DataAward. All applications must be submitted through the online form. Applications submitted via other means will not be considered.

Online Application

Contact Information

Whitney Tucker