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Children belong in families,
not orphanages

Closing the Data Gap: summary report

Many governments and national statistics offices lack the capacity and resources to include children outside families in data collection. In most countries, there is either no system in place for collecting this type of data, or systems are not comprehensive or robust.

Ninety colleagues from 60 organizations came together in July 18-19, 2017 at the Yale Club in New York City to explore child-data gaps and why they exist; how such gaps relate to the United Nation’s promise to “leave no one behind”, and what practical steps can be taken to break down barriers to ensure that children are included and benefit from the commitments made in the Sustainable Development Goals.

This report summarises the outcomes of the event and proposes next steps.

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