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Data Sources on Parents

Working Families/Parents

The Project on Global Working Families at the Harvard School of Public Health is devoted to understanding and improving the relationship between working conditions and family health and well-being globally. As part of the Work, Family, and Democracy Initiative, a Work, Family, and Equity Index is being developed to measure governmental performance worldwide by systematically defining and measuring successful public policies for working families globally. The Work, Family, and Equity Index identifies essential goals for work-family policy and enables measurement of progress in implementing public policies for working families relative to global standards. The publication, Where Does the United States Stand Globally? provides an array of statistics and in-depth analysis. The publication is also available in Spanish and French.

The Sloan Work and Family Research Network is designed to support research and teaching, promote best practices at the workplace, and inform state policy on issues that affect the lives of working families and the places where they work. As part of its network of six Sloan Working Family Centers, the Chicago Center, also known as the Alfred P. Sloan Center on Parents, Children, and Work, examines the issues facing working parents and their children by taking a different approach to conceptually defining the research issues and exploring new research methodologies.

The center recently completed an original data collection involving 500 families--300 with teenage children, and 200 with kindergarten-age children. Another of the network's centers, the Emory Center on Myth and Ritual in American Life, focuses its research on the functions and significance of ritual and myth in dual wage-earner middle-class families in the American South.

The Finance Project develops and disseminates research, information, tools, and technical assistance for improved polices, programs, and financing strategies. The website's Information Resource Center, Economic Success Clearinghouse, provides information on work supports and services such as child care, food, housing, and transportation assistance to help low-income families secure and retain employment. Publications, data, and research are available on how programs catering to this population have been financed, and the outcomes of those programs.


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