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The Safe Kids Worldwide Research Department works to ensure the scientific integrity of our organization’s childhood injury prevention efforts. Among the questions we seek to answer: What are the emerging risks to children? Are rates of injuries and deaths rising for certain dangers and falling for others? Are our programs leading to behavior change – and ultimately saving lives and preventing needless emergency room visits and hospitalizations?
Our work helps adults understand the dangers kids face as they ride in motor vehicles, walk to school and community events, swim, play sports and relax in their own homes. We explore how and why injuries happen, and identify promising practices for prevention.The information we create (primary research) or gather (secondary research) helps the staff, member countries and coalitions with their programs, advocacy, fundraising and communications.
Among the methods we use to gather data to keep kids safe are focus groups, parent and caregiver polls, observational studies and mining of existing databases. Yet no matter what methods we use, the goal of Safe Kids research is always discovering new ways for children to live and grow in a safer world.
Here is a List of Our Latest Research
- Hidden Hazards: An Exploration of Open Water Drowning and Risks for Kids (May 2018)
- Safe Medicine Storage (March 2018)
- Safe Kids Buckle Up: Tether Survey Results (December 2017)
- Car Seat Tethers: Essential for Safety but Consistently Overlooked (September 2017)
- Child Passenger Safety: Impact of Safe Kids Buckle Up Inspection on Caregiver Knowledge, Confidence & Skill (August 2017)
- Ready for the Ride: Keeping Kids Safe on Wheels (May 2017)
- Safe Medicine Storage: A Look at the Disconnect Between Parent Knowledge and Behavior (March 2017)
- How Safe is Your Home? Protecting Children from Fire, Burns and Scalds in Kuala Lumpur (November 2016)
- School Zones (October 2016)
- Dangerous Waters (June 2016)
- Keeping Kids Safe in and Around Water (June 2016)
- Reducing Risks for Teen Drivers (May 2016)
- The Rise of Medicine in the Home: Implications for Today's Children (March 2016)
- Full list of our research reports.