Guide Thinking Critically When Using Indicators about Young People
Hannah Sumiko Daly, Kathryn L.S. Pettit, Amelia Coffey
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People in the youth field—those working with and doing research related to young people, such as policymakers, funders, researchers, and practitioners—use indicators to signify what is valued and considered important enough to measure. Fortunately, many data sources exist for measuring youth well-being. However, we need to understand the biases and limitations of datasets, what assumptions they signal, and what concepts they are missing. This guide provides key questions to consider in selecting and interpreting indicators about young people. With reflection about the origins and coverage of the data, people can judge whether an indicator is fit for their purpose and if they need to augment selected indicators with other measures to provide a fuller picture of the well-being of young people.

This fact sheet is part of a series of products:

Research Areas Children and youth
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
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