Tracking the Well-Being of Children within States

Brief

Tracking the Well-Being of Children within States

The Evolving Federal Role in the Age of Devolution
June 1, 1998

Abstract

States' ability to plan and implement programs that serve children and families depends in part on reliable data, yet gathering these data is an expensive proposition. This brief reviews efforts by the federal government to provide state- and local-level data on children, outlines possible future directions for data gathering activities, and identifies factors that may limit or reverse progress in data collection.

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