tion in the collection and reporting of federal data on children and families. Its membership currently includes 22 statistical and program agencies. The forum’s reports (e.g., Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, 2007, 2008) describe the condition of America’s children, including changing population and family characteristics, the environment in which children are living, and indicators of well-being in the areas of economic security, health, behavior, social environment, and education.
No single agency, whether a statistical or program agency, could have produced the forum reports alone. Working together in this way, federal statistical agencies contribute to presenting data in a form that is more relevant to policy concerns and to a stronger statistical system overall.