Analysis of Child Welfare Services Expenditure Data and Child Day Care Expenditure Data: Phase II Report. A. Estimated Data

09/01/1988

Some State expenditure data are still reported in estimated amounts. Estimates are generally used either because the State service structure does not match that of the VCIS, or the State does not collect data on a service by service basis, or service data collection systems are not designed to be precise to the last dollar.

Making comparisons at the level of total service costs or total program costs is not affected greatly by estimated data, particularly if the objective is to observe trends in expenditures or to arrive at 'reasonable' national cost figures.

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