Data-Based Child Advocacy

Using Statistical Indicators to Improve the Lives of Children

  • William P. O'Hare

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Well-Being and Quality of Life Research book series (BRIEFSWELLBEING)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. William P. O’Hare
    Pages 1-4
  3. William P. O’Hare
    Pages 5-28
  4. William P. O’Hare
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  5. Back Matter
    Pages 53-65

About this book


This book locates, organizes and summarizes information about the use of child indicators in an advocacy context. It provides a conceptual framework that allows readers to see a wide variety of work as part of a unified field.  It provides a description of key concepts and illustrates these concepts by offering many examples from a range of countries and a wide variety of applications. It covers work from governments, non-governmental organization, and academics.  It describes such aspects as the use of data to educate and increase public awareness, as well as to monitor, set goals and evaluate programs serving children. A growing number of organizations and people are focusing on measuring and monitoring the well-being of children, and these child well-being data are often employed in ways that go beyond what is typically considered scholarship. Many of these applications involve some type of advocacy activity. Yet, there is very little in the literature about the use of child indicators in an advocacy context. This book provides a framework for scholars in a variety of disciplines that will help them to structure their thinking about the use of such indicators in a public context.


Advocating for better data on child well-being Advocating for easier access to data on child well-being Data-based child advocacy Improving the lives of children Key principles of data-based child advocacy Making data on child well-being easily available Science and Advocacy on child advocacy Using data for goal setting with respect to child well-being Using data to educate decision-makers Using data to evaluate programs serving children Using data to increase public awareness Using data to monitor the well-being of children use of child indicators in an advocacy context

Authors and affiliations

  • William P. O'Hare
    • 1
  1. 1.The Annie E. Casey FoundationBaltimoreUSA

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