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Author: National Research Council
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1. National Research Council
Institute of Medicine
Integrating Federal Statistics on Children
Washington DC: National Academy Press, 1995.
Cohort(s): Children of the NLSY79, NLSY79
Publisher: National Academy Press
Keyword(s): Children; Longitudinal Data Sets; Longitudinal Surveys; NLS Description

"Interest in monitoring and understanding the lives of children has grown rapidly in recent years. Fueled in part by growing pressure to hold public programs accountable for outcomes, as well as by mounting concerns about the instability and apparently worsening problems that characterize the lives of many children, those who shape our nation's child policies are increasingly looking to the federal statistical system for answers to complex questions about the development of children in today's society. At the same time, the nation is contemplating a major shift in responsibility for several major children's programs from the federal to state governments. Such a shift will place even greater demands on the capacity of national data to track and release in a timely fashion information on the effects on children's well-being of this major redirection of public resources.

In it in this context that the Committee on National Statistics and the Board on Children and Families of the National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine convened a workshop to examine the adequacy of federal statistics on children and families. Through a series of background papers, discussants' remarks, and participant discussions, the workshop provided a forum for a preliminary assessment of the strengths and shortcomings of existing and proposed federal statistical data sources, particularly with respect to their capacity to fill the most pressing information needs of those who formulate, implement, and analyze policies for children."

Bibliography Citation
National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. Integrating Federal Statistics on Children. Washington DC: National Academy Press, 1995..