2003 Indicators of Positive Development Conference

March 12-13, 2003
Washington, DC

The Indicators of Positive Development Conference was held on March 12 and 13, 2003, at the Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, DC.  Child Trends commissioned 23 papers and 6 poster presentations from researchers across the country who were working on measures (PDF) of positive development, typically in small-scale studies. The intent of the conference was to introduce these measures and their psychometric characteristics (PDF) to a national research and policy audience that would be interested in expanding their use more broadly to enable monitoring of positive well-being among children and youth.

The conference was part of a long-term effort to conceptualize, develop, and refine positive measures that could eventually appear in future surveys at the national, state, or local level, in research studies, and in program evaluations.  In May 2005 conference papers were published in a book edited by Kristin A. Moore and Laura Lippman, What Do Children Need to Flourish? Conceptualizing and Measuring Indicators of Positive Development.

Conference Summary

The Conference Summary includes the detailed discussion of each of the papers, author comments, and audience feedback and comments.


Download the conference agenda.

Papers Commissioned for the Conference

Papers are listed in order of agenda appearance