Data Collection and Analysis

Child Trends is a national leader in tracking and analyzing measures of child and family well-being. We have extensive knowledge of the federal statistical system, and experience working with small-scale surveys and administrative data. We excel at spotting, analyzing, and explaining trends that affect children’s well-being, and at helping decision-makers establish appropriate benchmarks and tracking systems.

Child Trends’ DataBank of indicators and trends receives more than 30,000 visits each month. Our national and international work in trend analysis has been featured in the New York Times, MSNBC, NPR, The Washington Post, and other well-known media outlets.

Project Case Studies

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Case study: Preventing youth violence

Child Trends’ groundbreaking study, Preventing Violence: A Review of Research, Evaluation, Gaps, and Opportunities, was a collaboration with the nonprofit organization Futures Without Violence, which works directly with communities to reduce violence. Futures asked us to research and document the causes of a wide range of violent behaviors throughout the United States. Published in 2014, […]

Dissemination of Child Trends report: “The Invisible Ones: How Latino Children Are Left Out of Our Nation’s Census Count”

Project Description With preparation underway for the 2020 Census, a report from the Child Trends Hispanic Institute and National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund called for targeted efforts to accurately count young Latino children. The report revealed that more than 400,000 Latino children under age four were left uncounted in […]