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This section includes resources related to a number of topics affecting America's youth. Many of these resources include data and statistics for proposals, research, presentations, and more.

General Data
Bullying

Education, Employment, and Training
Health
Housing
Parenting
Substance Abuse
Teen Driver Safety
Violence and Victimization

General Data

America's Key National Indicators of Well Being
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics produces this publication annually on the well being of children and families across the U.S.

American FactFinder
This U.S. Census website is a source for population, housing, economic, and geographic data.

ChildStats.gov
This website offers access to statistics and reports on children and families, including: family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

Data.gov
The purpose of Data.gov is to increase public access to high value, machine-readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the federal government.

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (the Forum) is a working group of federal agencies that collect, analyze, and report data on issues related to children and families. The Forum has partners from 22 federal agencies.

FedStats
With convenient searching and linking capabilities to more than 100 agencies that provide data and trend information on such topics as economic and population trends, crime, education, health care, aviation safety, energy use, farm production, and more, FedStats provides access to the full breadth of federal statistical information.

National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health (Add Health)
Add Health is a longitudinal study of a nationally representative sample of adolescents in grades 7-12 in the United States during the 1994-95 school year.

Survey of Income and Program Participation
The main objective of SIPP is to provide accurate and comprehensive information about the income and program participation of individuals and households in the U.S., and about the principal determinants of income and program participation. SIPP offers detailed information on cash and noncash income on a subannual basis. The survey also collects data on taxes, assets, liabilities, and participation in government transfer programs. SIPP data allow the government to evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state, and local programs.

The Health and Well-Being of Children: A Portrait of States and the Nation 2007
This chartbook, based on data from the National Survey of Children's Health, presents broad-ranging information about the health and well-being of children and youth from the perspectives of parents. It includes information about families, neighborhoods, school, and activities, such as reading for pleasure, volunteering, and youth employment. Data are available for the nation and for individual states. Many indicators compare youths aged 12 to 17 with younger children. Information is summarized in clear graphs.

U.S. Census
This website is the home page of the U.S. Census Bureau.

USASpending.gov
USAspending.gov provides federal funding information to the public, as collected from federal agencies, in an easy to use website. The data is largely from the Federal Procurement Data System, which contains information about federal contracts; and the Federal Assistance Award Data System, which contains information about federal financial assistance such as grants, loans, insurance, and direct subsidies such as Social Security.

Bullying

Indicators of School Crime and Safety
The Indicators of School Crime and Safety present data on school crime and student safety, including bullying. The indicators are drawn from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers, and principals. Sources include results from the School-Associated Violent Death Surveillance System, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education; the National Crime Victimization Survey and School Crime Supplement to the survey, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), respectively; the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sponsored by the CDC; and the Schools and Staffing Survey and School Survey on Crime and Safety, both sponsored by NCES.

National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) (PDF, 12 pages)
The NatSCEV is a comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey measures exposure to violence for children age 17 and younger across several major categories: conventional crime, child maltreatment, victimization by peers and siblings, sexual victimization, witnessing and indirect victimization, school violence and threats, and internet victimization.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
CDC's YRBSS monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among young people in the United States, including violence and, more recently, bullying.

Education, Employment, and Training

National Center for Education Statistics
The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education, including reading and math achievement, dropout rates, and more. This site also provides access to the Nation's Report Card.

National Longitudinal Surveys
The National Longitudinal Surveys, including the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY), are a set of surveys designed to gather information at multiple points in time on the labor market activities and other significant life events of several groups of men and women.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Bureau of Labor Statistics is the principal fact-finding agency for the federal government in the broad field of labor economics and statistics. Find youth employment data here.

Health

Gateway to Data and Statistics
This web-based tool brings together key health and human services data and statistics. It is designed to complement other government resources such as FirstGov and FedStats. The Gateway covers federal, state, and local government sponsored information.

Health Indicators Warehouse
This site provides access to high quality data on health indicators that can be viewed by topic, geography, and initiative. The purpose is to link indicators with evidence-based interventions and serve as the data hub for the HHS Community Health Data Initiative, a flagship HHS open government initiative to release data; encourage innovative application development; and catalyze change to improve community health.

Monitoring the Future
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 eighth-, tenth-, and twelfth-grade students are surveyed.

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
The data in the weekly MMWR are provisional, based on weekly reports to CDC by state health departments.

National Center for Health Statistics
This website provides a rich source of information about America's health, including results from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Vital Statistics System, National Survey of Family Growth, and other sources.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES)
NHANES is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the U.S.

National Health Interview Survey (NHIS)
NHIS provides data on a broad range of health topics, including health status, health care access, and progress toward achieving national health care objectives.

National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN)
This national survey provides information about CSHCN in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

National Survey of Children's Health
The National Survey of Children's Health was conducted by telephone in English and Spanish during 2003-2004 and for a second time in 2007-2008. The survey provides a broad range of information about children's health and well-being collected in a manner that allows for comparisons between states and at the national level.

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)
NSFG gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health.

National Vital Statistics System
The National Vital Statistics System provides information about births, deaths, marriages, divorces, and fetal deaths.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance (YRBSS) System
The YRBSS monitors priority health-risk behaviors and the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. It includes a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state, territorial, tribal, and local surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments.

Housing

Housing and Urban Development Data Set (HUD USER)
HUD USER provides interested researchers with access to the original data sets generated by HUD data collection efforts, including the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.

Parenting

Child Maltreatment 2008
This report presents national and State statistics on child abuse and neglect. The statistics are derived from data collected by child protective services (CPS) agencies through the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System.

National Survey of Family Growth
The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) gathers information on family life, marriage and divorce, pregnancy, infertility, use of contraception, and men's and women's health.

Substance Abuse

Monitoring the Future
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 eighth-, tenth-, and twelfth-grade students are surveyed.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)
NSDUH provides yearly national- and state-level data on the use of alcohol, tobacco, illicit, and non-medical prescription drugs in the United States. (Formerly known as the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse.)

State Epidemiological Data System
This website makes epidemiological data available to states for purposes of substance use prevention needs assessment, planning, and monitoring. This site was created primarily as a resource for State Epidemiology Workgroups funded by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention in support of its Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF). The SPF provides a model to guide prevention decision making.

Teen Driver Safety

National Automotive Sampling System (NASS)
NASS is composed of two systems, the Crashworthiness Data System (CDS) and the General Estimates System (GES). These are based on cases selected from a sample of police crash reports. CDS data focus on passenger vehicle crashes, and are used to investigate injury mechanisms to identify potential improvement in vehicle design. GES data focus on the bigger overall crash picture, and are used for problem size assessment and tracking trends.

Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS)
The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) contains data derived from a census of fatal traffic crashes within the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. To be included in FARS, a crash must involve a motor vehicle traveling on a trafficway customarily open to the public and result in the death of a person (occupant of a vehicle or a non-motorist) within 30 days of the crash. FARS data has been available every year since FARS was established in 1975.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors priority health-risk behaviors the prevalence of obesity and asthma among youth and young adults. The YRBSS includes a national school-based survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state, territorial, tribal, and district surveys conducted by state, territorial, and local education and health agencies and tribal governments. Specifically YRBSS includes data related to risky driving behaviors including the use of a seat belt, driving while intoxicated, or riding with someone who is intoxicated.

Special Crash Investigations (SCI) and Not in Traffic Surveillance (NiTS)
Not in Traffic Surveillance incidents can fall into a variety of categories, some are crashes (which occur in private driveways) and some are incidents (occupant getting caught in a power window, hyper/hypothermia, etc.).

Crash Outcome Data Evaluation System (CODES)
Injuries resulting from motor vehicle crashes remain a major public health problem. These injuries cause unnecessary burden of increased taxes and insurance premiums. They can be prevented or reduced, but only if we understand their type, severity and cost in relation to the characteristics of the crash, vehicles, and persons involved. Crash data alone do not indicate the injury problem in terms of the medical and financial consequences. By linking crash, vehicle, and behavior characteristics to their specific medical and financial outcomes, we can identify prevention factors.

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is the world’s largest, ongoing telephone health survey system, tracking health conditions and risk behaviors in the United States yearly since 1984. Currently, data are collected monthly in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.

Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
WISQARSTM (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.

Violence and Victimization

Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS)
AFCARS collects case level information on all children in foster care for whom state child welfare agencies have responsibility for placement, care, or supervision, and on children who are adopted under the auspices of the state's public child welfare agency. AFCARS also includes information on foster and adoptive parents.

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government.

Indicators of School Crime and Safety
The Indicators of School Crime and Safety present data on school crime and student safety, including bullying. The indicators are drawn from a variety of data sources, including national surveys of students, teachers, and principals. Sources include results from the School-Associated Violent Death Surveillance System, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Education; the National Crime Victimization Survey and School Crime Supplement to the survey, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), respectively; the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sponsored by the CDC; and the Schools and Staffing Survey and School Survey on Crime and Safety, both sponsored by NCES.

Juvenile Arrest Rates
This site provides information about juvenile arrests rates by race and gender.

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN)
NDACAN acquires microdata from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes these datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis.

National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS)
NIBRS presents comprehensive, detailed information about crime incidents to law enforcement, researchers, governmental planners, students of crime, and the general public.

National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV) (PDF, 12 pages)
The NatSCEV is a comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children's exposure to violence, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey measures exposure to violence for children age 17 and younger across several major categories: conventional crime, child maltreatment, victimization by peers and siblings, sexual victimization, witnessing and indirect victimization, school violence and threats, and internet victimization.

National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD)
NYTD will collect case-level information on youth in care including the services paid for or provided by the state agencies that administer the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, as well as the outcome information on youth who are in or who have aged out of foster care.

SMART Mapping System
The SMART system is a GIS-based management system, developed to support the early identification of emerging local issues and provide resources to assist decision makers with implementing rapid response and long term plans. Users can enter a zip code and retrieve a wealth of data about specific communities and neighborhoods.

Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information Systems (SACWIS)
SACWIS is a comprehensive automated case management tool that supports social workers' foster care and adoptions assistance case management practice.

Uniform Crime Reports (UCR)
The UCR Program provides reliable, uniform crime statistics for the nation. Several annual statistical publications, such as the comprehensive Crime in the United States, are produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

Web Based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS)
WISQARSTM is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)
CDC's YRBSS monitors health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among young people in the United States, including violence and, more recently, bullying.

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