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Some may think that research is not an interesting part of advocacy. Others may say that research is the area where “wonks” reside. However, as one tries to figure out how to address challenges that affect children and youth, research becomes very critical part of our work. Research helps us understand what is going on in the world around us and more specifically in a child’s world.

Looking at data or the numbers gives us a better perspective about what areas need more attention so that we can make a difference for the greatest amount of children.

We look at over 60 well-being indicators that cover child welfare, education, health and juvenile justice areas.

We collect data and share research publications that provide more indepth information on issues for which we are most concerned. We also conduct research and generate reports to help legislators; state officials and stakeholders better understand issues that are occurring statewide or in a respective county.