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2008 State Fact Sheets from the Child Welfare League of America
The State Fact Sheets provide descriptive information on the condition of vulnerable children in all fifty states and the District of Columbia, using indicators of child protection, health, child care, education, and income support.
Each State is available in PDF or HTML.
The trial subscription to The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics is effective till Aug 23.
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This website is an integrated collection of the indicators and analyses published in The Condition of Education 2000–2008. Some indicators may have been updated since they appeared in print.
NCCP’s Family Economic Security Profiles provide state-specific data on low-income children and families and highlight state policy choices to promote work attachment and advancement, income adequacy, and asset development.
Our Commitment: The World Bank’s Africa Region HIV/AIDS Agenda for Action 2007-2011
“Our Commitment: World Bank’s Africa Region HIV/AIDS Agenda for Action 2007-2011″, is the result of extensive consultation with over 30 African partner countries and institutions, as well as donors, UN agencies, non-governmental organizationsand others seeking to reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS. It builds on what has been learned in the emergency response to HIV/AIDS and reaffirms the World Bank’s commitment to combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The Agenda for Action will contribute substantially to the long-term, sustainable response required to overcome this enormous development challenge facing sub-Saharan Africa.”
Sexual & Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa: A Guide for Reporters
Farzaneh Roudi-Fahimi and Lori Ashford
Source: Population Reference Bureau
(May 2008) Sexual and reproductive health is a broad concept encompassing health and well-being in matters related to sexual relations, pregnancies, and births. It deals with the most intimate and private aspects of people’s lives, which can be difficult to write about or discuss publicly, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Published by the Population Reference Bureau, Sexual & Reproductive Health in the Middle East and North Africa: A Guide for Reporters aims to bring together the latest available data on sexual and reproductive health for countries in the MENA region. It was written for journalists, to help them educate the public and make the case for policymakers that poor sexual and reproductive health contributes to social inequalities and hinders social and economic development.
“This is the first time that material on sexual and reproductive health has been put together in one, easy-to-read resource for the Middle East and North Africa,” noted Farzaneh Roudi-Fahimi, a co-author of the guide. “We hope that reporters, educators, and others will refer to it in their work and use it to expand the dialogue on these extremely important development topics.”
Cultural sensitivities and taboos surrounding sexuality are particularly pronounced in the MENA region, and make the role of the media vital in providing objective information about sexual and reproductive health matters. The media has the power to break the culture of silence that surrounds sexual and reproductive health, a silence that all too often prevents people from seeking information and care and prevents governments from putting the issues on their development agendas. Journalists can report responsibly and objectively on these issues to break taboos, educate the public, and bring the issues to policymakers’ attention.
The guide covers these topics: marriage, childbearing, family planning, maternal health, abortion, sexually transmitted infections and HIV/AIDS, adolescents and young adults, female genital cutting, and cervical cancer. There is also a chapter on health and development goals, as well as three appendices on population and reproductive health indicators by country, a glossary, and sources of information.
This guide was funded by the Ford Foundation office in Cairo.
Ageing in Southeast and East Asia: Family, Social Protection and Policy Challenges
Edited by Lee Hock Guan
Southeast and East Asian countries are undergoing varying stages of population ageing. The social, economic and political implications of population ageing will be enormous, and because of the fast speed of ageing in the region, the countries cannot afford the luxury of time for the gradual evolution of social and structural support systems and networks for the older population. The papers in this volume are selected from those presented at a 2004 workshop on Ageing and the Status of the Older Population in Southeast Asia. They critically examine national ageing policies and programmes, the sustainability of existing pension systems, housing and living arrangements, inter-generational transfer, and aspects of quality of life of the elderly population in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. While the findings show that most Southeast Asian countries have started to formulate and implement national ageing policies, they also indicate that the existing policies are by and large inadequate and underdeveloped in serving the needs of the older population and indeed much more must be done to prepare for the future.
Experimental and Quasi-Experimental Designs for Generalized Causal Inference
By: William R. Shadish, Thomas D. Cook, and Donald T. Campbell
This long awaited successor of the original Cook/Campbell Quasi-Experimentation: Design and Analysis Issues for Field Settings represents updates in the field over the last two decades. The book covers four major topics in field experimentation:
* Theoretical matters: Experimentation, causation, and validity
* Quasi-experimental design: Regression discontinuity designs, interrupted time series designs, quasi-experimental designs that use both pretests and control groups, and other designs
* Randomized experiments: Logic and design issues, and practical problems involving ethics, recruitment, assignment, treatment implementation, and attrition
* Generalized causal inference: A grounded theory of generalized causal inference, along with methods for implementing that theory in single and multiple studies.
Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis: Modeling Change and Event Occurrence
By: Judith D. Singer, and John B. Willett
Change is constant in everyday life. Infants crawl and then walk, children learn to read and write, teenagers mature in myriad ways, the elderly become frail and forgetful. Beyond these natural processes and events, external forces and interventions instigate and disrupt change: test scores
may rise after a coaching course, drug abusers may remain abstinent after residential treatment. By charting changes over time and investigating whether and when events occur, researchers reveal the temporal rhythms of our lives. Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis is a much-needed professional book
for empirical researchers and graduate students in the behavioral, social, and biomedical sciences. It offers the first accessible in-depth presentation of two of today’s most popular statistical methods: multilevel models for individual change and hazard/survival models for event occurrence (in
both discrete- and continuous-time). Using clear, concise prose and real data sets from published studies, the authors take you step by step through complete analyses, from simple exploratory displays that reveal underlying patterns through sophisticated specifications of complex statistical models.
Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis offers readers a private consultation session with internationally recognized experts and represents a unique contribution to the literature on quantitative empirical methods.
Visit http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/examples/alda.htm for:
* Downloadable data sets
* Library of computer programs in SAS, SPSS, Stata, HLM, MLwiN, and more
* Additional material for data analysis
The Biology of Human Longevity: Inflammation, Nutrition, and Aging in the Evolution of Lifespans
By: Caleb E. Finch
Written by Caleb Finch, one of the leading scientists of our time, The Biology of Human Longevity – Inflammation, Nutrition, and Aging in the Evolution of Lifespans synthesizes several decades of top research on the topic of human aging and longevity particularly on the recent theories of inflammation and its effects on human health. The book expands a number of existing major theories, including the Barker theory of fetal origins of adult disease to consider the role of inflammation and Harmon’s free radical theory of aging to include inflammatory damage. Future increases in lifespan are challenged by the obesity epidemic and spreading global infections which may reverse the gains made in lowering inflammatory exposure. This timely and topical book will be of interest to anyone studying aging from any scientific angle.
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The 2008 WDI includes more than 800 indicators in over 80 tables organized in 6 sections: World View, People, Environment, Economy, States and Markets, and Global Links.
UM access to WDI Online, 1960-
From the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
From press release:
A leading reference source for social, economic and environmental information on the region, the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2007, produced by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), is now available on ECLAC’s webpage.
The Yearbook is divided into four chapters:
* Chapter one covers demographic and social areas, with special attention to gender;
* Chapter two presents basic economic information, including production, prices, international trade, balance of payments and national accounts;
* Chapter three provides information on natural resources and the environment, in response to increasing regional and international interest in sustainable development; and
* Chapter four provides readers with methodological and other data on sources, definitions and coverage of the statistics cited.