Measuring What Matters for Child Well-being and Policies

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To design, implement and monitor effective child well-being policies, policy-makers need data that better capture children’s lives, measure what is important to them and detect emerging problems and vulnerabilities early on. Despite improvements in recent decades, there are still important gaps in both national and cross-national child data. Countries can achieve progress if the right actions are taken.

Measuring What Matters for Child Well-being and Policies lays the groundwork for improved child well-being measurement and better data to inform better child well-being policies. It outlines an “aspirational” framework for child well-being measurement, setting out which aspects of children’s lives should be measured, and how, to better monitor child well-being. It also outlines priorities for child data development and identifies key data gaps, all with the aim of motivating improvements in child data infrastructures.


Overview and summary

This chapter provides an overview of the report and a summary of its main findings and conclusions. The chapter begins with an outline of child well‑being measurement initiatives in OECD countries, highlighting common features and principal differences. It provides a concise overview of the “aspirational” framework for child well-being measurement developed in detail in later chapters, and a summary of the key priorities and gaps in cross-national child data under each of the well-being domains – economic and material, physical health, social and emotional, and cognitive and educational – considered in the report.


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