June 14, 2012
Spring Child Indicator Newsletter Features Survey Research Challenges, New Data Tools, and International Reports on Children
Child Trends publishes The Child Indicator three times a year to communicate major developments and new resources within the child and youth indicators field to interested advocates, researchers, and data developers. The Spring 2012 issue highlights current challenges to the collection of survey data; provides descriptions of new data tools in the areas of justice statistics, employment data, and health; and summarizes several new international indicators reports.
Surveys, particularly those that yield estimates representative of national and sub-national jurisdictions, are vital data sources underlying work in the child indicators field. In the U.S., these include the American Community Survey, the decennial Census, the Current Population Survey, the National Survey of Children's Health, and many others. However, the landscape for survey data collection is undergoing rapid change. Briefly, the challenges consist of rising rates of non-response and constrained government funding. A recent symposium presented by the National Academy of Science's Committee on National Statistics drew attention to these issues; suggested some possible responses; and offered a few predictions on the directions the field will be heading.
In addition, the Spring Child Indicator features information on new tools for accessing data on crimes, geographic patterns of residence and employment, dropout rates and related indicators, and county-level health. Highlights from the new edition of Mental Health, United States are also presented.
On the international scene, a new UNICEF report identifies substantial child well-being improvements linked to development efforts. A second UNICEF report focuses on the impact of urbanization on children worldwide. And, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has introduced a Child Well-Being Module to its online Family Database.
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