Penn Child Research Center

Kids Integrated Data System

The Kids Integrated Data System (KIDS) is a nationally recognized integrated data system for research and evaluation to improve the public health, social, and educational services of children and youth in the City of Philadelphia.

Funded through seed grants from the William Penn Foundation KIDS was developed in 2002 through a collaboration among the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, and the University of Pennsylvania. KIDS was built to create a shared capacity for Philadelphia’s civic leaders to produce and use quality information to inform decision making around public policy and practice. KIDS includes data from children’s vital statistics, physical and behavioral health services, homelessness and child welfare services, and public school education. Collected annually the data are available from 1990 to 2008.

For more on KIDS:

KIDS Overview by John Fantuzzo and Dennis Culhane [pdf]

Understanding KIDS: An Integrated Database about Philadelphia's Children
@Penn GSE: A Review of Research, Fall 2004