Improve the Nation's Data on Children and Families

The Annie E. Casey Foundation Issue Brief

Posted January 10, 2009
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Child poverty remains a central focus of the United States' social policy agenda, yet poverty reduction efforts at the time of this brief relied on data  that were inadequate, outdated or obsolete. Much of the data gathering at the national. state and local levels were just as bad. The Annie E. Casey Foundation outlined several policy recommendations to update and improve the nation's information infrastructure.  

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Key Takeaway

Creating a more realistic poverty measure would require very little federal monies.

For more than 60 years, evidence from the Census Bureau showed that racial minorities and low-income communities were the most likely to be undercounted.