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Preparing Indicators for Policymakers and Advocates

  • KRISTIN ANDERSON MOORE
  • BRETT BROWN
Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 27)

Abstract

Indicators are the focus of intense interest in the policy community, particularly economic indicators. For example, indicators about the state of the economy, such as the unemployment rate, the poverty rate, housing starts, and inflation, are not only tracked over time but are awaited with anticipation and urgency and reported in headline stories in the media. The state of the economy affects the outcomes of elections, and the decisions made by government, including decisions made by the Federal Reserve, Congress, and the executive branch. Moreover, the data available for economic indicators are very up-to-date—for example, unemployment in the preceding month.

Keywords

Foster Care Child Outcome Welfare Reform Teen Birth Rate Depo Provera 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • KRISTIN ANDERSON MOORE
    • 1
  • BRETT BROWN
    • 1
  1. 1.Child TrendsUSA

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