Child Trends’ international work focuses on cross-national comparisons of child and family well-being. We produce international comparison reports, such as the World Family Map, develop international surveys, analyze international data on children and families, and collaborate with others to move the field toward a global consensus around indicator frameworks, surveys, best practices, and what works to improve child and family well-being globally. We adapt measures to specific contexts, develop global conceptual frameworks and indicators of well-being, synthesize cross-national research, monitor and evaluate projects, and provide technical assistance and consultation to nations and international non-governmental organizations on all of these topics.  We collaborate with organizations and universities in many regions of the world.

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World Family Map 2015: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes

Sep 2015 | Mindy E. Scott; W. Bradford Wilcox; Renee Ryberg; Laurie DeRose

The World Family Map report monitors the global health of families by tracking 16 indicators in 49 countries, representing all regions of the world. This year’s report includes an essay examining how parents divide labor-force participation, housework, and child care.

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Key "Soft Skills" that Foster Youth Workforce Success: Toward a Consensus across Fields

Jun 2015 | Laura Lippman; Renee Ryberg; Rachel Carney; Kristin Anderson Moore

Soft skills are skills, competencies, behaviors, attitudes, and personal qualities that enable youth to navigate their environment, work with others, perform well, and achieve their goals. We’ve identified five key soft skills that — according to researchers, employers, youth, and program implementers — most enable youth (15-29) worldwide to be successful in the workplace.

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World Family Map 2014: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes

Apr 2014 | Laura Lippman; W. Bradford Wilcox

The World Family Map Project monitors global changes in the areas of family structure, family socioeconomics, family processes, and family culture, focusing on 16 specific indicators selected by an expert group because of their known relationships to child outcomes in the research literature. This second annual edition of the World Family Map, sponsored by Child Trends and a range of educational and nongovernmental institutions from across the globe, provides updated indicators and a new essay focusing on union stability and early childhood health in developing countries, as well as a brief analysis of psychological distress among 9- to 16-year-olds in the European Union.

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World Family Map 2013: Mapping Family Change and Child Well-Being Outcomes

Jan 2013 | Laura Lippman; W. Bradford Wilcox

This report demonstrates the importance of monitoring the strength of the family globally, and the benefit of understanding the variety of ways in which families contribute to the well-being of children and youth.

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