The influence of social indicators data on decision making in regard to children's well-being

Asher Ben-Arieh*

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This paper reports on a study aimed at understanding how social indicator data influence decision making in regard to children's well-being. We focused on how information on children's lives gained from two major studies is influencing decision making by using a case study technique and 20 face-to-face interviews. The two studies underlying this work are the Chicago After-School Study and its impact on city public school administration and the Strong Communities Initiative in South Carolina's Golden Strip and its impact on the community environment. Our findings are given a conceptual framework to enhance the general influence of data and of child well-being indicators, in particular, in the processes of planning and decision making among administrative staff and in policy process.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)23-38
Number of pages16
JournalAdministration in Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - 21 Dec 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Asher Ben-Arieh is affiliated with Paul Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem 91905, Israel (E-mail: [email protected]). The study presented here was generously supported by the W.T. Grant Foundation.


  • Social indicators
  • child policy
  • children's well-being


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