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About Data Sources: Data on youth well-being is available from a variety of national, state and community resources. Key resources follow.

American FactFinder

American FactFinder provides users with the capability to browse, search, and map data from many Census Bureau sources. You can use American FactFinder to select data tabulations and maps from the data sets available in the system. You can find a profile of selected social, economic, or housing characteristics for states, cities, counties, congressional districts, and more.

Assessing the New Federalism

"Assessing the New Federalism," an Urban Institute Project, is a multi-year Urban Institute research project to analyze the devolution of responsibility for social programs from the federal government to the states, focusing primarily on health care, income security, job training, and social services.

Baltimore City Data Collaborative

Building on previous data efforts, the Baltimore City Data Collaborative was established in May, 1998 to provide data, analysis, and evaluation support for the activities of the Family League of Baltimore City and the Baltimore Safe & Sound Campaign, as well as to serve as a resource for the city as a whole.

Bridging Gaps in Police Crime Data

Describes the history of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) system and the data problems that it deals with in reporting crime and arrests. The report includes a description of the procedures used by the FBI to fill in gaps in the data (when they exist) and makes suggestions about how they might be improved.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), a component of the Office of Justice Programs in the US Department of Justice, is the United States' primary source for criminal justice statistics. BJS collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Census Data - by State

Contains state and county demographic and economic profiles.

Centinela Valley’s Victim Offender Restitution Services (VORS)

The Administrative Offices of the Court, Judicial Council of California, funded Centinela Valley Juvenile Diversion Project’s VORS program, and five similar programs statewide, to compare VORS restitution and recidivism outcomes with those from regular juvenile probation.

Child Welfare League of America National Data Analysis System

The CWLA National Data Analysis System (NDAS) provides you with access to all states' child abuse and neglect data from 1990 to 1996, with some data available for 1997 and 1998. Pre-defined tables and graphs are customizable by state and data year, and include data sources and notes.

Children's Bureau

The oldest federal agency for children, the Children's Bureau (CB) is located within the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families. It is responsible for assisting States in the delivery of child welfare services - services designed to protect children and strengthen families. The agency provides grants to States, Tribes and communities to operate a range of child welfare services including child protective services (child abuse and neglect) family preservation and support, foster care, adoption and independent living.

Children's Defense Fund - State Profiles

This data includes a range of carefully chosen key indicators that measure critical aspects of children's lives. Decisions regarding which indicators were to be included have been guided by a combination of scientific and practical considerations. CDF included indicators that can be easily understood by broad audiences, are based on reliable sources, and are timely. The source information for all data in the individual state profiles are available.

ChildStats - National Indicators 1999

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 1999, developed by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, represents the third annual synthesis of information on the status of the Nation’s most valuable resource, our children. This report presents 23 key indicators of the well-being of children.

ChildStats: The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education. Reports of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics include America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, the annual Federal monitoring report on the status of the Nation's children, and Nurturing Fatherhood. The Forum fosters coordination and collaboration in the collection and reporting of Federal statistics on children and families.

Crime Continues Decline

The FBI Uniform Crime Report released this month (October 1999) reports the lowest rate of violent crime since 1985 -- 566 violent crimes for every 100,000 inhabitants. The murder rate was 6 offenses per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest figure since 1967. The criminal offense that resulted in the most arrests of people under age 18 was larceny/theft, while the most common cause of arrest for adults was drug abuse violations.

Criminal Victimization and Perceptions of Community Safety in 12 Cities, 1998

Presents survey data from 12 cities regarding criminal victimization and residents' attitudes toward their neighborhood, their city, and the local policing services. For the first time in 20 years, BJS in joint effort with the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) conducted city-level surveys on crime victimization.

Developmental Assets: An Investment in Youth

In an effort to identify the elements of a strength-based approach to healthy development, Minnesota-based Search Institute developed the framework of developmental assets. This framework identifies 40 critical factors for young people's growth and development. When drawn together, the assets offer a set of benchmarks for positive child and adolescent development. The assets clearly show important roles that families, schools, congregations, neighborhoods, youth organizations, and others in communities play in shaping young people's lives.

Economic Indicators - by State

The State New Economy Index, by the Progressive Policy Institute, highlights differences among the structural foundations of state economies and focuses attention on a progressive policy framework to promote economic development in the New Economy.

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics

This web site offers easy access to federal and state statistics and reports on children and their families, including: population and family characteristics, economic security, health, behavior and social environment, and education


More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.

Firearm Injury from Crime: Firearms, Crime, and Criminal Justice

This document reports available statistical information on fatal and nonfatal firearm injury that results from crime from a number of sources. Findings include -- Of the victims of nonfatal violent crime who faced an assailant armed with a firearm, 3% suffered gunshot wounds. An estimated 57,500 nonfatal gunshot wounds from assaults were treated in hospital emergency departments from June 1992 through May 1993. Over half of these victims were black males; a quarter were black males age 15-24. The firearm injury rate for police officers declined in the early 1980s and began climbing again after 1987, but has not exceeded the peak reached in 1980-81.

Firearms and Crime Statistics

Publications and resources on Firearms and Crime Statistics from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.

From Words To Weapons, the Violence Surrounding our Schools

ACLU report on one of the largest research studies of its type ever conducted. For this study, 1,802 students at 11 high schools and several continuation schools of the Los Angeles Unified School District were surveyed on a range of issues related to their experiences with violence, their own and their friends' weapons possession and their suggestions for ways to lessen violence, racial tension and conflict.

High Point, NC: One City's Success In Reducing Gun Viloence

High Point, NC, gives a detailed PowerPoint presentation of the strategy used to reduce gun violence in their community.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1998, 10/98.

The annual report includes national school crime data, successful strategies to reduce school violence, and a local safety checklist for parents. Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1998 presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population, using a comprehensive array of sources.

Kids Count

KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state project of the Casey Foundation to track the status of children in the United States. The site contains custom graphs, maps, rankings, state profiles, and more!

Midwest Research Institute Outcome Indicators Management

Midwest Research Institute (MRI) has developed a proprietary software system, CIRES™, that establishes a new standard of ease for working with outcome indicators data sets. CIRES (Computerized Indicator Retrieval and Evaluation System) is a Windows™-based program that makes it possible for analysts to quickly retrieve data and produce tables, graphs, and maps with the click of a button.

National Academy of Public Administration

Various resources, case studies, reports and other data listed by state.

National Center for Children in Poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty focuses on three enduring and interdependent sets of mission-driven activities: 1) Defining the nature, scope, and impact of young child poverty; 2) Identifying and evaluating strategies to improve the lives of young children in poverty and to reduce the young child poverty rate; and 3) Communicating facts about young child poverty and promoting strategies to reduce the young child poverty rate and help children overcome the risks associated with poverty.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

NCHS is the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency. The agency provides a wide variety of data with which to monitor the Nation's health. NCHS data systems include data on vital events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care.

Nonfatal and Fatal Firearm-Related Injuries -- United States, 1993-1997

Report on decline in nonfatal and fatal firearm-related injury rates in the U.S. population from 1993 through 1997 from the Centers for Disease Control, Office of Statistics and Programming and Div of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Office of Statistics and Programming and Div of Violence Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

The OJJDP Web site is designed to provide information and resources on both general areas of interest about juvenile justice and delinquency including conferences, funding opportunities, and new publications and the comprehensive strategy as a framework for communities to combat youth crime.

Rates of Homicide, Suicide, and Firearm-Related Death Among Children -- 26 Industrialized Countries

To compare patterns and the impact of violent deaths among children in the United States and other industrialized countries, the Centers for Disease Control analyzed data on childhood homicide, suicide, and firearm-related death in the United States and 25 other industrialized countries for the most recent year for which data were available in each country (4). This report presents the findings of this analysis, which indicate that the United States has the highest rates of childhood homicide, suicide, and firearm-related death among industrialized countries.

Snapshots of America’s Families: Variations in Health Care across States

This paper presents preliminary findings from the 1997 National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF), a household survey providing information on over 100,000 children and non-elderly adults representing the noninstitutionalized civilian population under age 65. The primary focus is on health insurance coverage and several measures of access to care. (NOTE: Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this report.)

State Attorneys General

Index of state Attorneys General and other state criminal justice offices.

State Corrections Departments

Index of state Correction and Rehabilitation Departments.

State Public Safety/Police Departments

Index of Public Safety Departments and/or Police Departments.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the Federal agency charged with improving the quality and availability of prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation services in order to reduce illness, death, disability, and cost to society resulting from substance abuse and mental illnesses.

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information

The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) is the information service of the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. NCADI is the world's largest resource for current information and materials concerning substance abuse.

The Right Start: Conditions of Babies and Their Families in America’s Largest Cities

In this KIDS COUNT Special Report, The Right Start: Conditions of Babies and Their Families in America’s Largest Cities, the Casey Foundation highlights the particular challenges faced by newborns and their parents in the nation’s major urban areas. The foundation is especially interested in the implications for the millions of kids born into families living in the toughest neighborhoods of our biggest cities.

The Southern Regional Initiative to Improve Access to Benefits for Low Income Families With Children

The Southern Regional Initiative’s report discusses issues and strategies states can consider in providing health coverage for more low income children. The chapter also discusses federal policies that restrict access to Medicaid coverage, as identified on the state visits. The chapter outlines Medicaid issues related to families leaving welfare for work and low-income families who have no connection to the welfare system. Information is also presented on state Medicaid eligibility levels for children as of September 1, 1997 and state Medicaid plan amendments submitted by southern states as part of the State Child Health Insurance Program (CHIP). And finally, the chapter contains a discussion of eligibility outreach and eligibility simplification issues, including common applications.

Vermont's Outcomes, Indicators and General Compilations of Data

Key outcomes and indicators are reported at the community and county levels by school Supervisory Union. Committed to improving the safety and well-being of Vermont's citizens, especially its children, these publications provide support for the collaborations between State government and localized nonprofit organizations that are necessary to deliver needed services in the most effective manner possible. Data is presented at the SU or county level.

Weapons Offenses and Offenders: Firearms, Crime, and Criminal Justice

Weapons Offenses and Offenders: Firearms, Crime, and Criminal Justice. This report presents data on how the criminal and juvenile justice systems deal with weapons offenses (violations of statutes or regulations that control deadly weapons) and offenders from arrest through incarceration. The report uses data from many sources, including the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, the National Center for Juvenile Justice Juvenile Court Statistics, the BJS Pretrial Reporting Program, the BJS National Judicial Reporting Program, the BJS Survey of Inmates of State Correctional Facilities, and the BJS Federal Case Processing Data.

Welfare Information Network

This site is a Clearinghouse for Information, Policy Analysis & Technical Assistance on Welfare Reform. This is a must see sight! Any type of welfare information imaginable can be found in this one place. Rural issues, evaluation strategies, events, publications, health insurance, and domestic violence are just a few of the sub-links within this site.


YouthInfo is a website developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide you with the latest information about America’s adolescents.

Youth-Related Statistics

A list youth-related statistical information compiled by the National Youth Development Information Center.

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