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.
- Nicholas Zill (2006). Are All Indicators Equal?: Alternatives to An Equal Weighting Strategy in the Construction of A Composite Index of Child Wellbeing
- William O’Hare (2006). Developing State Indices of Child Well-Being
- Brett Brown (2006). Does the CWI Measure Representative Domains of Child Well-Being?
- Jared Bernstein and Yulia Fungard (2006). Interpreting the FCD Index of Child Well-Being
- Donald Hernandez and Suzanne Macartney (2006). Measuring Social Disparities: A Modified Approach to the Index of Child Well-Being (CWI) for Race-Ethnic, Immigrant-Generation, and Socioeconomic Groups with New Results for Whites