Federal and state policies play a big role in the lives of children and families. They determine many things, like which families qualify for a child care subsidy, how much money is available for funding child welfare services, and what data schools are required to report publically. At Child Trends, we strive to understand the policy environment in which children and families are living, and we communicate our research to policymakers and decision-makers who can make a direct impact on their lives and well-being.
Researchers develop landscape scans of existing policies across states, identifying the key policies that impact children’s lives. They also examine the role those policies play in the outcomes and successes of our most vulnerable children.
Our strategic communications team supports the translation and sharing of our research with both state and federal policymakers. We develop short policy briefs, blogs, fact sheets, and infographics that make our research understandable and actionable. Our researchers have participated in briefings and presentations on Capitol Hill and to state legislators, met with key agency decision-makers, and facilitated convenings of state leaders to support using research to develop the strongest policies possible for children and their families.