Research, Statistics and Data
Research is a key component
in effective citizen advocacy. Being
prepared to speak to the facts when you meet with policy makers will make you
more confident. In turn, policy makers
will recognize the legitimacy of your point of view.
However impressive a list
of facts, figures, and statistics may be, policy makers are most interested in
how these numbers impact or will affect their community or state. The website below offer statistical data for
each state and offer some analysis on what the numbers mean for children.
For more studies on
children, visit our Resources page.
Child Matters LInk
The Every Child
Matters Education Fund is a national nonprofit organization devoted to
improving the lives of children and families by advocating for better public
policy during federal and state campaigns. On this website youâll find simple to use data about the needs of
children in every state, the results of our many polls, links to numerous specialized resources, pending federal legislation and much other
Children's Defense Fund Link
The mission of the Children's Defense Fund is to Leave No Child Behind and to
ensure every child a Healthy Start,
a Head Start, a Fair Start, a Safe Start, and a Moral Start in life and successful
passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the
children of America who cannot vote, lobby, or speak for themselves. CDF pays particular attention to the needs
of poor and minority children and those with disabilities. CDF educates the nation about the needs of children and encourages preventive
investment before they get sick or into trouble, drop out of school, or suffer family breakdown. CDF began
in 1973 and is a private, nonprofit organization supported by foundation and corporate grants and individual donations. The Childrenâs Defense Fund has never taken government funds.
League of America
League of America Link
The Child Welfare League of America
is the nation's oldest and largest membership-based child
welfare organization. It is committed to engaging people everywhere in
promoting the well-being of children, youth, and their families, and protecting
every child from harm. The CWLA sponsors the National Center for Research and Data,
available on their website.
Welcome to the Child Trends Databank Link
Child Trends is the one-stop-shop for the latest national
trends and research on over 90 key indicators of child and youth well-being,
with new indicators added each month! Provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over
20 years. Learn more...
Child Trends Databank Continuously
updated trend data with the latest national estimates for all indicators
Plain language reporting on trends and population
subgroup differences informed by existing research
Color graphics and tables that can be downloaded
directly into reports and presentations
PDF files for each indicator containing text,
graphics, and tables in a concise and attractive format
Links that provide organized access to additional
information available for each indicator including:
- State, local, and international estimates
- Selected current research
- Original source documents
- National goals (where applicable)