Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Online Resource: Childstats.gov

Here comes another example of our tax dollars at work.

This website offers easy access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education and health. The Forum fosters coordination, collaboration, and integration of Federal efforts to collect and report data on conditions and trends for children and families.


The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 22 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families. The Forum was founded in 1994 and formally established in April 1997 under Executive Order No. 13045. The mission of the Forum is to foster coordination and collaboration and to enhance and improve consistency in the collection and reporting of Federal data on children and families. The Forum also aims to improve the reporting and dissemination of information on the status of children and families.

The Forum's annual report, America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, provides the Nation with a summary of national indicators of child well-being and monitors changes in these indicators over time. In addition to providing data in an easy-to-use, non-technical format, the purpose of the report is to stimulate discussions among policymakers and the public, exchanges between data providers and policy communities, and improvements in Federal data on children and families.

For me, I think this page is really interesting on several different levels:

Welcome to the Childstats contacts page. This page contains contact information for staff from federal agencies who have expertise with NATIONAL data sets.

Within each area, staff members are identified by their field of specialization. To open each field click on the field name or use the menu to the right. Any open field will automatically close when you click on the next field.

What other agency provides this kind of contact information?

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