Interagency Forums: Forum on Child and Family Statistics and Forum on Aging Related Statistics
AIR plays a key role in supporting the production of the annual report America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, as well as the biannual report Older Americans: Key Indicators of Well-Being. The annual America’s Children report is a product of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 22 Federal agencies that collect, analyze, produce, or use statistical data on children and families, including the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and the U.S. Census Bureau. By providing the U.S. with an annual summary of national indicators of child well-being and monitoring changes in these indicators over time based on the most recent data available, America’s Children provides a platform to stimulate discussions among policymakers and the public; to inform and guide decision making; to support exchanges between data providers and policy communities; and to suggest improvements in Federal data on children and families.
The biannual Older Americans report is a product of the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics, a working group of 15 federal agencies that collect, analyze, produce or use statistical data on Americans age 65 and over, including the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the U.S. Census Bureau. The specific goals of Older Americans are to improve both the quality and use of data on the aging population by widening access to information on the aging population; promoting communication among data producers, researchers, and policy makers; coordinating the development and use of statistical databases among federal agencies; identifying information gaps and assure data quality; and encouraging cross-national research and data collection.
AIR’s America’s Children and Older Americans team coordinates with each of the federal agencies to produce the flagship reports of the Forums. The AIR team interacts and communicates with representatives from the Forum agencies to gather the appropriate data and text for the reports; provides substantive, editorial, and data-related reviews; coordinates and monitors the quality control process; coordinates the flow of information among the agencies and each stage of the review processes, including receiving, organizing, and implementing reviewer comments; professionally edits and desktops the editions of both reports; and supports the coordination of the printing and dissemination of each report.
For older reports, see the links in the blue box on the right.
America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2011
This report provides the nation with a summary of national indicators of children's well-being and monitors changes in these indicators. The purposes of the report are to improve Federal data on children and families and make these data available in an easy-to-use, non-technical format, as well as to stimulate discussions among policymakers and the public and spur exchanges between the statistical and policy communities.
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, 2010
This report continues more than a decade of dedication and collaboration by agencies across the Federal Government to advance our understanding of our nation's children and what may be needed to bring them a better tomorrow.
Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being
This report provides the latest data on the 37 key indicators selected by the Forum to portray aspects of the lives of older Americans and their families. It is divided into five subject areas: population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care.