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Building the Knowledge Base

Before we can decide what to do to improve the lives of children and families we have to know something about who they are, where they live, and the nature of the systems in place to support them. Since its inception, the Data Center has relied on social science to generate this mission-critical knowledge.

The cornerstone of the Data Center’s research program is the Multistate Foster Care Data Archive — a high-performance, longitudinal database containing data on approximately 3 million children who spent time in foster care.  Using the Archive and other resources, we conduct scientific research on critical challenges facing the field, including:

Click the links to the left to learn more about the Data Center’s research program.