Minutes of the Technical Assistance Workshop, May 3-5, 2000. Prospects For the Future


We hope to achieve the following goals:

  • Have better knowledge on children's well-being and lives
  • Enhance public awareness of the state of children and the need to promote their well-being
  • Use the indicators and the knowledge derived from them as a tool for advocacy
  • Use the indicators for evaluating programs, services, and policies for children
  • Put children in the focus of social policy
  • Contribute, at least a bit, to the ongoing effort to improve children's well-being


In response to a question about cultural differences in how countries plan to use data, Ben-Arieh suggested reading a paper by a University of Hong Kong faculty member on the importance of discipline.

Janel Harris asked if the activities of children might not be easily defined as positive or negative, an assertion with which Ben-Arieh agreed. She also asked if surveys were reliable ways to collect data on children's activities. Ben-Arieh said that he was convinced that survey data were reliable on children's activities down to a respondent age of six years. In response to other questions, Ben-Arieh said that he was not satisfied with what had been learned so far about children, and would not be satisfied until data were collected from children themselves about their lives. He also called middle childhood a neglected area of study.