Interim Status Report on Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform. Research Technical Assistance on State Child Indicators Initiatives


Second­year continuation funding is planned for researchers at the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago to coordinate research technical assistance to the states receiving the child indicators grants.  Chapin Hall will continue to work with state and federal staff to develop or enhance the capacities of these states in creating children’s health and well­being indicators and in using indicator data to inform policy formulation and implementation.  This technical assistance effort emphasizes collaborative work among the states and peer­to­peer assistance efforts.  Research technical assistance is being provided, for example, on conceptual and methodological issues in identifying and measuring appropriate sets of child health and well­being indicators within and across states; ways of creating or using survey and administrative data and of combining several data approaches; and ways to involve state policy makers who can help institutionalize data systems for measuring and tracking child indicators and establish procedures for using indicator information to inform policy deliberations.