Our Approach to Policy and Practice
Child Trends is deeply committed to conducting high-quality, nonpartisan research on children and families in order to inform policy and practice and, ultimately, to bring about better outcomes for children.
Helping Public Policy Makers
We recognize the tough decisions policymakers face. Policymakers will benefit from knowing the latest data and learning which approaches are effective (and which are not). Child Trends meets the needs of policy makers through both direct requests as well as the following online resources.
Programs that work – or don’t – to enhance children’s development. We provide critical, research-based evidence from evaluations of a range of programs, from investments in early childhood and out-of-school time programs to programs that help teens make a successful transition to adulthood.
This collection of information reports the latest national trends and research on more than 100 key indicators of child and youth well-being.
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Child Trends is a contributer to the State Child Welfare Policy Database at www.childwelfarepolicy.org.
Additional Special Projects
The Early Childhood Data Collaborative (ECDC) supports state policymakers’ development and use of coordinated state early care and education (ECE) data systems to improve the quality of ECE programs and the workforce, increase access to high-quality ECE programs, and ultimately improve child outcomes. The ECDC provides tools and resources to encourage state policy change and provides a national forum to support the development and use of coordinated state ECE data systems. The ECDC is supported through funding from the Alliance for Early Success, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.
Child Trends is a founding partner of PerformWell, which provides measurement tools and knowledge that human services professionals can use to manage their programs’ day-to-day performance.