Early Childhood Systems Building Resource Guide

Evaluation and Accountability

Data Collection Instruments for Evaluating Family Involvement

The Harvard Family Research Project developed this report as part of its ongoing effort to help practitioners and researchers collect and use data for continuous improvement. It provides stakeholders with some commonly used and standardized data collection instruments on family involvement, and can help stakeholders learn about and choose rigorous family involvement instruments to assess impact and ensure quality.

Early Childhood Data

This compilation of resources was created to support States in the development of statewide, comprehensive early childhood data systems. It highlights federal initiatives related to early childhood data systems and provides resources related to their development, use, and implementation.

Quality in Early Childhood Care and Education Settings: A Compendium of Measures

This compendium was created to provide uniform information about quality measures in early care and education settings and a consistent framework with which to review existing measures of the quality. It was designed to support researchers and practitioners and to help inform the measurement of quality for policy related purposes. The compendium provides a comprehensive overview of each quality measure, as well as crosscutting tables that highlight the similarities and differences among the measures.

Unique Methods in Advocacy Evaluation

This brief describes four methods in advocacy evaluation that were developed in response to the unique measurement challenges in the field: bellwether methodology, policy maker ratings, intense period debriefs, and system mapping. The four approaches have been used in real evaluations and were developed to be relevant, timely, and efficient. The brief provides a description of each method, past applications, and guidance regarding when to use each approach.

Using Qualitative Data in Program Evaluation: Telling the Story of a Prevention Program

This guide provides an overview of qualitative evaluation and practical guidance on the process. It was designed to support program administrators, managers, direct-service practitioners, and others in understating and using qualitative methods. The guide includes information on collecting, analyzing, reporting and using qualitative evaluation data in order to evaluate programs and make programmatic decisions.

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