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Derrick-Mills Teresa, May 2021
Fact Sheets & Briefs

This brief explains how to engage stakeholders in your research and the benefits of doing so. We use examples from recent early care and education studies to show how Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) stakeholders have been included in…

Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, King Carlise, Martinchek Kassandra, Isaacs Julia B., January, 2021
Reports & Papers
This list includes resources useful to researchers and agency staff who analyze state-level early care and education (ECE) administrative data for research purposes. The term administrative data refers to information about individual children,…
Warner-Richter Mallory, Mathur Ambika, November, 2020
Other
This resource guide provides information for researchers about administrative data collected on federal policies and programs that (in whole or part) support young children with disabilities. (author abstract)
Lyskawa Julia, Kirby Gretchen, Caronongan Pia, Kelly Annalee, Burwick Andrew, August, 2020
Reports & Papers
The Assessing the Implementation and Cost of High Quality Early Care and Education (ECE-ICHQ) project, funded by the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families, recruited and collected data…
Sandstrom Heather, Isaacs Julia B., August, 2020
Other
As states and territories make decisions about child care policies, they may find it useful to collect data from child care providers. Existing administrative records, such as child care licensing data or workforce registries, offer answers to many…
DeCourcey Wendy, Malin Jenessa L., May, 2019
Other
This brief offers a quick-reference guide to the organization, navigation, and content of the MSHS Study 2017 Data Tables report (ACF, 2019). (author abstract)
Whitesell Nancy Rumbaugh, November, 2017
Fact Sheets & Briefs
This brief is based on a presentation at a meeting titled Building strong evidence in challenging contexts: Alternatives to traditional randomized controlled trials, held in September 2016 (http://www.opremethodsmeeting.org/2016topic.html). The…
Malin Jenessa L., Deterding Nicole, November, 2017
Fact Sheets & Briefs
On September 22 and 23, 2016, OPRE brought together a diverse group of participants from federal agencies, research firms, foundations, and academia to discuss these issues. Participants explored alternatives to RCTs and their assumptions, trade-…
Maxwell Kelly, Lin Van-Kim Bui, February, 2017
Other
Collaborative partnerships between researchers and agency staff are mutually beneficial, and they respect and build upon the specific expertise of each partner. While collaborative partnerships may take time to develop, they not only improve the…
Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, Forry Nicole D., February, 2017
Other
The purpose of this resource is to help early childhood researchers determine the feasibility of using administrative data in their research. Administrative data refers to information about individual children, families, and/or service providers…
Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, Forry Nicole D., February, 2017
Other

The purpose of this resource is to help researchers prepare for issues that may arise when using administrative data as the primary data source for a research project. This is the third in a series of resources related to the analysis of…

Morgan-Lopez Antonio, Bir Anupa, January, 2017
Fact Sheets & Briefs
Policymakers and practitioners have a growing interest in answering questions beyond simply "does a program work?" Researchers are moving towards study designs to identify the mechanisms of action--known as mediators--that describe how their…
Jacob Robin T., December, 2016
Fact Sheets & Briefs

Many researchers are reluctant to use aggregate data in program evaluation and other policy relevant research. Aggregate data refers to data on individuals that have been averaged by year, by geographic area, by service agency, or in some other…

Malone Lizabeth M., Knas Emily, Cavanaugh Michael, West Jerry, April, 2016
Other
The report documents the process of creating three design topics for an early childhood needs assessment of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) developed three broad…
Giannarelli Linda, Minton Sarah, Durham Christin, April, 2016
Other
All U.S. States and Territories receive money from the federal government's Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) to operate child care subsidy programs, but each State and Territory has broad discretion in setting specific policies for their…