Data Use Documents

  • Data user's guide (PDF, 627 KB) , opens in a new window

    The guide has detailed information about the data set, including the process used to collect and review the data, the scope of information included in the data set, and guidance on using the data, including how to link the data with other data sources.

  • Codebook (PDF, 2.3MB) , opens in a new window

    The codebook provides information about each variable in the data set, including variable names, labels, definitions, protocol number, variable type, and frequencies. The codebook has three appendices. Appendix A provides a glossary of key terms. Appendix B contains supplemental notes that are important for accurately interpreting and using the data. Appendix C is a comprehensive list of all state statutes and policy documentation sources used to collect data for the SCAN Policies Database for each state, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

  • Data collection protocol (PDF, 623 KB) , opens in a new window

    The protocol has the questions used to collect information about states’ statutes and policies as part of the data review and coding process.

Guidance for Using Data

Additional Data Resources

  • The SCAN Policies Database data files and supporting data use documentation are also available through the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN). Additional data file formats of the SCAN Policies Database are available from NDACAN.

  • Additional information about state laws and policies related to child abuse and neglect are available from the Child Welfare Information Gateway. (Note: Information available from this resource may be different from information in the SCAN Policies Database due to the scope and timeframe of data collection. The SCAN Policies Database is based on the collection and review of publicly available statutes and documentation, plus documentation provided by state child welfare agencies.)

  • Information and data about child welfare outcomes is available from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau.