Child Advocacy Research Clearinghouse

The research resources listed below include many resources that look at children holistically, including all aspects of well-being, and a number that are particularly useful for looking at issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The descriptions come from the organizations. We welcome suggestions of additions.

  • Chapin HallChapin Hall at the University of Chicago focusses on a mission of improving the wellbeing of youth, families, and their communities through policy research. It develops and tests new ideas, generates and analyzes information, and examines policies, programs, and practices across a wide range of service systems and organizations.
  • Child Trends ResearchChild Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center that provides information and insights on the well-being of children and youth. Policymakers, funders, educators, and service providers in the United States and around the world use its data and analyses to improve policies and programs serving children and youth. The infographics from their “It Matters” series highlights different topics from their databank.
  • Child Trends DataBankThe Child Trends DataBank examines and monitors more than 100 indicators that focus on risks and positive developments for children. For each indicator they summarize what the research says about its importance to children’s development, track trends over time and by subgroup, and highlight strategies likely to improve well-being.
  • Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC)The CRDC collects data from a sample of school districts on key education and civil rights issues in the nation’s public schools, including student enrollment and educational programs and services, disaggregated by race/ethnicity, sex, limited English proficiency, and disability. The CRDC serves as a source of information about access to educational opportunities in public schools.
  • Council of State Governments Knowledge CenterThe Knowledge Center provides the tools and information you need to better understand complex policy situations and help you make better decisions for your state. It supplies research in the policy areas of juvenile justice, child welfare, and K-12 and preschool education.
  • Family Impact InstituteThe Family Impact Institute holds Family Impact Seminars, which are series of seminars, discussion sessions, and briefing reports that provide state policymakers with solution-oriented research on family issues such as after-school programs, children’s health insurance, and welfare reform. The goal of the institute is to better connect research and policy, and to promote a family impact and racial equity lens in policymaking. Each state conducts one or two seminars a year, usually in the state capitol building, on an issue identified by a bipartisan group of state legislators.
  • KIDS COUNT Data CenterThe KIDS COUNT data center is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation and a source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. It can be used to access indicators, download data, and create reports and graphics.
  • National Center for Education StatisticsThe National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education in the United States and other nations. It collects, collates, analyzes, and reports complete statistics on the condition of American education, conducts and publishes reports, and reviews and reports on education activities internationally.
  • National Priorities Project Local Spending DataThe Local Spending Data tool of the National Priorities Project lets you follow your tax dollars to programs and services in your community. Through it, you can find out how the government is spending money on federal programs, and see the possibilities of how this money could be reallocated to different federal spending priorities.
  • Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Compendium of National Juvenile Justice DatasetsThe Compendium of National Juvenile Justice Data Sets is an online resource for researchers that is intended as an aid to investigations of juvenile offending, victimization, and contact with the juvenile justice system. It both publicizes data sources that users may find valuable and provides information intended to help with the practical aspects of obtaining and analyzing data.
  • Child Care and Early Education Research ConnectionsChild Care and Early Education Research Connections is a project of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) and offers access to a free and easily searchable online collection of more than 14,000 resources from the many disciplines related to childcare and early education. Resources include original scholarly research, government reports, fact sheets and briefs, datasets, and instruments. Additionally, interactive tools allow users to refine their searches, download full-text documents, build customized tables on state policies, compare state demographics, and analyze research data online.
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