Monday, July 23, 2012

“Spotlight on the States” Resource Map Updated

In November of 2011, the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity released “Spotlight on the States”—an interactive resource map intended to provide up-to-date information about poverty, unemployment and other key issues that can help community residents, researchers and policymakers improve the well-being of children and families.

Now, the organization has updated the tool to better serve as a platform for collecting state-level information on efforts to reduce poverty and promote opportunity. The resource map now includes:
  • New design of individual state pages: Updated layout to better navigate through data, policies, research and news. 
  • New state poverty data and statistics: A compilation of new data, including high school graduation, participation in Medicaid and SCHIP, and information on the state justice system. Each data point links to its source. 
  • New state policies: A listing of key education policies in addition to new state tax, asset-building and work support policies that help support low-income families; includes links to state or national organizations that track the issue. 
  • State government: Information regarding the state governor and legislature.
To view the resource map, please click here.

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