Data Use Documents

  • Data user's guide (PDF, 969 KB) , opens in a new window

    The guide has detailed information about the data set for all years, 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.

2021 Data Use Documents

2019 Data Use Documents

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.