About ISCI

The International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI) offers an organized professional home to support and foster collaboration, integrate findings, and disseminate research for developing and using indicators and measuring the status of child and adolescent well-being at the local, national, regional, and international levels. Researchers, data users, child advocates, and policymakers have made considerable advances in developing and using child indicators.

To support their work, ISCI provides an organizing structure that brings together worldwide experts in the field to:

  • Contribute to the well-being of all children
  • Share knowledge and experience
  • Develop standards
  • Improve data resources
  • Foster collaborative research and projects
  • Foster diversity in methodological approaches
  • Enhance dissemination of information on the status of children
  • Provide bridges between research findings and policy and practice
  • Enhance the capacity of the field in countries that are in the initial stages of producing child well-being indicators

ISCI Conferences

ISCI conferences have been held every two years for the past 14 years (except the latter, due to the pandemic). These conferences aim to gather researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child advocates from across the world to share and discuss the latest child indicator’s research and implications for policy and interventions.

You can learn more about past ISCI conferences here.


The Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) will host the 8th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators on 25-27 May 2022 in the Hotel Wish Serrano, in Gramado city, Brazil. Seven ISCI conferences have already been held around the world, and this will be first time Latin America will host the event, with the theme:

“Children’s Rights and Opportunities in an Unequal World: Research, Policy and Intervention”

The general objective of the Conference is to bring together researchers from different continents in order to increase knowledge on the Indicators and Rights of Children and Adolescents. The event will provide a more critical view on Public and Social Policies and hopes to offer strategies, opportunities and strengthen spaces and contexts for the promotion of equality of well-being for all children.

The ISCI 2022 Conference seeks to highlight excellence, innovation and originality in researches with political and practical implications. Academics working in the research of children’s indicators in any country and of any theoretical reference are invited to send research abstracts.

We welcome submissions in all areas using scientifically strong qualitative and/or quantitative methods, as well as panel presentations with evidence-based initiatives and participants from different sectors.

We encourage online submissions on the following themes and subthemes:

  • Child-focused indicators of social trends, policies, and child well-being
  • Children’s rights indicators
  • Child poverty, inequality and child welfare research
  • Innovations in research design and measurement on the focus of the Conference
  • The use of administrative data in child indicators work
  • Evidence-based practice models
  • Global issues on policy, measurement and child well-being
  • Child well-being development practices
  • Social support and education outcomes
  • Social media and well-being
  • Cross-country approaches to child well-being and indicators
  • Comparative methodologies for understanding children’s well-being
  • Measurement issues related to child well-being and understanding children’s lives
  • Physical and mental health
  • Subjective well-being
  • Rights of children and adolescents
  • Children’s participation and voices
  • Poverty, deprivation, material well-being and inequality
  • Maltreatment, violence and bullying
  • Disabilities
  • Early childhood and adolescent development and education
  • Child care arrangements
  • Migration and refugees
  • Aboriginal and indigenous populations
  • Sexual identity and gender orientation
  • Climate change and the environment
  • Urban mobility
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on childhood and adolescence
  • Children and adolescents and the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)