Status of Research on the Outcomes of Welfare Reform, 2000. Advancing States' Child Indicators Initiatives


This project promoted state efforts to develop and monitor indicators of the health and well-being of children as welfare reform and other significant policy changes occur. Capacity building was the fundamental goal of the project. It has been very successful in getting states to look seriously at their capacity to assess trends in children's well-being, especially for low-income populations, and to make improvements in capacity. ASPE, with additional support from ACF and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, provided grants of approximately $50,000 each to fourteen states in both FYs 1998 and 1999. Each state was required to form a partnership of state government agencies including, at a minimum, the agencies and councils with responsibilities for children issues and services and the state welfare agency. Many states also included universities, community government agencies, or other partners. A brief description of each state's project is available at <>. States were provided with opportunities to work with one another, experts in various fields, and federal staff. Working from different starting points, states have designed and carried out a variety of activities, released a variety of reports on indicators, and disseminated other products. All states have indicated specific plans to continue their indicator efforts beyond the project period. Technical assistance has been provided to the grantees by the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, which plans a final project meeting for Summer 2001. Products from the project will be finalized and disseminated by the technical assistance contractor.