The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW): Implications for Child Welfare Evaluations

The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being (NSCAW) provides nationally representative, longitudinal data on children and families that have been involved with the child welfare system. This resource can be a valuable asset to child welfare leaders and evaluators interested in studying well-being outcomes at the state and local levels. Dr. Heather Ringeisen illustrates ways that the NSCAW can provide a meaningful comparison group for those interested in assessing child and adolescent well-being outcomes in their jurisdictions.


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Additional Information

The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) examines child and family well-being outcomes in detail and seeks to relate those outcomes to experience with the child welfare system and to family characteristics, community environment, and other factors.  More information and a variety of briefs, reports, and other resources about NSCAW are available on the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation website.