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Who we are button North Dakota KIDS COUNT measures the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children in North Dakota - in order to inform local and state discussions about how to secure better futures for all of North Dakota's children.

About Our Organization

North Dakota KIDS COUNT is part of KIDS COUNT, a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Supported by the Center for Social Research at North Dakota State University, North Dakota KIDS COUNT measures the educational, social, economic, and physical well-being of children in North Dakota in order to inform local and state discussions about how to secure better futures for all of North Dakota’s children. We have an advisory board of professionals who share a common mission to support decisions that improve the lives of children and families.

Founded in 1948, the primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs. We thank Annie E. Casey for their support but acknowledge that the findings and conclusions represented in our reports are those of North Dakota KIDS COUNT alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Foundation.

The Center for Social Research (CSR) is a social research unit at North Dakota State University dedicated to providing high quality data, research, and evaluation services to an array of entities including federal, state, and local governments, foundations and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions. Staff at the CSR include:

Nancy Hodur, Center for Social Research Director
Karen Olson, ND KIDS COUNT Program Director
Mihaela "Ina" Cernusca, Research Specialist
Chelsey Hukriede, Research Specialist

The Center employs a number of students on an on-going basis, providing paid internships for undergraduate students and research assistantships for graduate students. The full-time staff provides mentoring to the students and enjoys contributing to their hands-on learning experience, while simultaneously benefiting from their contributions to the Center’s research efforts. Current student research assistants include:

Parvina Yakubova, Master's program in Sociology and Anthropology
Madison Marion, Master's program in Microbiology
Patrick Holt, Doctoral program in Emergency Management

Click here to see a map of North Dakota counties and planning regions.

About Our Six Components of Child Well-Being

North Dakota KIDS COUNT is committed to helping inform local and state discussions about how to secure a better future for all of North Dakota’s children. Our data focus on main components of children’s well-being, in order to provide a broad portrait of North Dakota children’s experiences. Learn about the components here.

You can locate information on each of these components of child well-being though our DATA, PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS, and TOPICS pages.