Improving Data Infrastructure to Recognize Hispanic Diversity in the United States
As the U.S. Hispanic population continues to grow, its broad diversity has become increasingly important to understand, both to researchers who study Hispanics and to program administrators and policymakers who seek to improve their lives. However, due to the often limited availability in many data sets of measures to adequately capture Latino diversity, we lack full understanding of this population. Ultimately, this incomplete picture can lead to the inefficient allocation and spending of resources. A new brief from the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families (Center), Improving Data Infrastructure to Recognize Hispanic Diversity in the United States, examines 34 commonly used large-scale data sets related to topics critical to the well-being of children and their families, analyzes and identifies which of these data sets include recommended data elements, and suggests steps national surveys should take to improve their description of the characteristics and experiences of Latinos in the U.S.
Michael L. Lopez, Ph.D (Co-Principal Investigator)
Ann Rivera, Ph.D (Federal Project Officer, ACF)