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America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2017

Data Topics

The Forum's Research and Innovation Committee works with the Federal statistical agencies to identify data topics of interest and child well-being data in need of development. In the past, these ongoing data concerns were displayed as "Indicators Needed" and included at the end of each report section. This year's report consolidates this list of data needs as a stand-alone section near the end of the report and renames it "Data Topics." This compilation covers many important aspects of children's lives for which regular indicators are lacking or are in development, such as homelessness, children of incarcerated parents, disability, and positive behaviors promoting health and development like social connections and engagement.

In some areas, Forum agencies have successfully fielded surveys incorporating new measures, but data are not yet available for monitoring purposes. In other areas, agencies are exploring ways to collect new measures and improve existing ones.