Good Policy Requires Good Data

Assessing Child Well-Being in Every State

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Child Trends, The Hatcher Group, First Focus

October 13, 2010

Summary

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. 

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