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.

October 13, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why state-level data on children is important.

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    About the National Survey of Children’s Health.

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    About the data-crunching strengths of this survey.

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    Ideas for enhancing this survey to boost its use as a policy tool.

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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