Data Topics

The Forum works with the Federal statistical agencies to identify data topics of interest. This process helps identify many important aspects of children's lives for which regular indicators have not been developed.

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.

This year's report includes a new data topic on Environmental Justice. This topic addresses data needed to assess environmental impacts on children's well-being, such as climate change, access to clean water, and children living near sources of pollution.