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.
Dr. O'Hare is a social demographer who has spent forty years using socio-demographic data to increase public understanding disadvantaged groups. For the past 25 years, Dr. O'Hare has been involved with the KIDS COUNT project at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Most of his professional writing has been for public rather than scholarly audiences. Dr. O'Hare has been an expert witness in more than a dozen lawsuits and has testified in front of Congress several times. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Washington Post, USA TODAY and many other newspapers. He has a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Arts, and a PhD, from Michigan State University.
Introduction.- 1 What is Data-Based Child Advocacy?.- 2 Types of Advocacy Activity Using Child Indicators.- 2.1 Increasing Public Awareness about Child Well-Being.- 2.2 Making Data on Child Well-Being Easily Available.- 2.3 Advocating for More and Better Data on Children.- 2.4 Child Well-being Monitoring.- 2.5 Goal Setting.- 2.6 Evaluating Programs and Policies.- 3 Development of the Data-Based Child Indicator Movement.- 4 Communication Issues.- 5 Conclusions.- Appendix 1 Data-Based Child Advocacy in Latin America.- Appendix 2. Some Key Questions Regarding Data-Based Child Advocacy Publications.