Vermont Insights, a program of Building Bright Futures and a partner with the Vermont State Data Center at the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies, is a new online interactive site that allows users to find and use data to understand the well-being of Vermont’s children, families and communities. Data is vetted from trusted sources, analyzed and organized in one platform.
Users can search, see and use reliable data to help tell stories, identify community needs, set priorities, track progress, inform program or policy decisions, prepared grant proposals, report or presentations and much more.
By helping to raise the visibility of key issues affecting Vermont’s children and families, Vermont Insights is making it easier for leaders, policymakers, families and communities to use data to make informed policy and program decisions. Contact us to arrange a group or individual user support call or check out our How to Use this Site page.
Building Bright Futures is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and the designated Vermont Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Vermont Governor, Administration and Legislature. It is the statewide nonprofit, public-private partnership focused on improving the well-being of young children and families by improving the system that serves them. Building Bright Futures improves child and family well-being through three program areas: Community, Data and Policy. Vermont Insights is Building Bright Futures' data program area.
Building Bright Futures is part of Vermont's vast early childhood system. Its projects and programs follow the goals and principles of the Vermont Early Childhood Framework and Action Plan. The data in Vermont Insights contribute to Building Bright Futures' annual report to the governor and legislature on the status of Vermont’s children: “How Are Vermont’s Children and Families? March 2015” (see our publications page).
The Vermont State Data Center at the University of Vermont Center for Rural Studies is the first partner with Vermont Insights. Building Bright Futures seeks additional partnerships (a cooperative endeavor) with other organizations (public and private) who see Vermont Insights as a shared service that can provide data access to user communities and make data-informed decisions for the well-being of children, families and communities.
The Building Bright Futures Data and Evaluation Committee serves as the advisory group to Vermont Insights. The committee supports Vermont Insights' efforts to provide data at the child, family and community levels as well as early childhood programs, workforce and systems. Committee members represent both the public and private sector. If you have specific questions or would like to become involved in the Building Bright Futures Data and Evaluation Committee, please contact the co-chairs, Ann Dillenbeck (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ben Allen (email@example.com).
The Vermont Insights team seeks out, learns from and works with other data access and use initiatives in Vermont and across the country. We are a member of the: