Good Policy Requires Good Data

Assessing Child Well-Being in Every State

Posted October 13, 2010
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Child Trends, The Hatcher Group, First Focus
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When it comes to making decisions aimed at enhancing the lives of children, policy makers are missing a vital resource: strong state-level data. One answer? The National Survey of Children’s Health, which offers quick, clear state-level statistics on a wide range of child wellness factors. Readers will learn about this survey, why it’s so great and how it must to grow to realize its full potential as a tool for helping child welfare programs and policies succeed.

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Key Takeaway

Better state-level data = smarter, more cost-effective child welfare solutions

States can use child wellness data to pinpoint which programs aren’t working, which ones need fixing and which strategies are straight out-of-the gate successes. Such data-driven work means enhanced outcomes for children at a cost savings to taxpayers — and a rare win-win for policy makers.