Achieving consensus in developing a national set of child well-being indicators.
Nic Gabhainn, Saoirse
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Hanafin, S., Brooks, A-M., Carroll, E., Fitzgerald, E., Nic Gabhainn, S. & Sixsmith, J. (2007). Achieving consensus in developing a national set of child well-being indicators. Social Indicators Research, 80(1), 79-104
This paper provides an account of the methodology used to gain consensus around the development of a national set of child well-being indicators in the Republic of Ireland. This development was identified as a key objective in the National Children's Strategy (2000) to provide the basis for the State of the Nation's Children report, which will be published in 2006. This objective reflects a growing national and international awareness of the need to understand and represent the complexity and multi-dimensional nature of children's lives in a way that is easily understood by different stakeholders (Ben-Arieh et al., 2001).