Critical Reviews

As the first index to focus on child well-being, the CWI continues to benefit from lively scholarly and policymaker debate about its construction, implications, and use.  FCD is committed to promoting the CWI among target audiences, supporting its annual updating, and stimulating public debate about its uses, limitations, and refinement.

FCD has supported several scholarly examinations of the CWI, including a conference sponsored by Child Trends in 2002 on social indicators.  In 2006, a scholarly conference at the Brookings Institution focused on the methodology of the CWI.  FCD will be releasing a volume edited by Kenneth Land in 2012 featuring different perspectives on the construction and use of the CWI.

Through these and other efforts, FCD aims for continuous improvement of the CWI.