Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Big data and social science research
Leading tech companies have used big data techniques, which extract knowledge and insights from large, complex collections of digital data, for commercial purposes and have pioneered advances in the field of big data. How can these techniques be used in social science research? Child Trends weighs in.

New Data

For kids, does low income mean worse health?
Reports citing poor dietary habits and lack of physical activity might lead you to think that children's health in the U.S. is abysmal. But what do the data show? This brief tracks trends in health status for children and youth between 1997 and 2012, according to parental report. It also reports on health disparities related to poverty, by state. How does your state fare?

Children's health, for National Nutrition Month

The Department of Agriculture recently announced that it has revamped its supplemental federal food assistance program for low-income women and young children (WIC) so recipients will have greater access to vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. In 2011, 96 percent of eligible low-income households with children received assistance from SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), another federal Food and Nutrition Service program. But there's work to do in facilitating the optimal health of children and youth. In 2011, for example, more than one in five U.S. children lived in households that were food-insecure at some point during the year.

Statistical portrait of young children in your state
Recently, Child Trends produced a statistical portrait of infants and toddlers in the state of Illinois for the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, to accompany a larger report for the Foundation on infants and toddlers nationwide. Is your state interested in knowing more about its youngest children? If so, get in touch.

Measuring outcomes and managing performance in foster care services
On Thursday, March 13th, at 3 p.m. ET, PerformWell will present a webinar to aid you in improving outcomes for the children and families you serve. What outcomes are meaningful for children and youth in foster care? How do you measure them effectively? Panelists include researchers and a practitioner.

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