Coordinated Data Analysis: Maximizing Early Care and Education Data
- Jerry West, Mathematica Policy Research
- Camilla Heid, Westat, Inc.
- Ronna Cook, Ronna Cook Associates
- Margaret Burchinal, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Jason Downer, University of Virginia
Application Deadline Extended!
Free Summer Data Workshop sponsored by Research Connections
Conducting coordinated analyses across data sets is a powerful way to harness the strengths of several studies while controlling sample characteristics. This data training workshop will introduce researchers to different methods for working with multiple datasets in order to answer research questions about children's development, programs designed to support their development, and the relationships been program participation and supports and development. In addition, time will be spent understanding two prominent nationally representative studies of the nation's largest early care and education program - Head Start - and how to use data from these studies in your research:
- Head Start Impact Study (HSIS), 2002-2006, including a sneak preview and discussion of the Third-Grade Follow-up
- Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES), all cohorts including the newly-available 2009 data
Participants will learn the studies' purpose, methods, and key findings, as they gain exposure to these data and discover how each can be analyzed together and in concert with other early care and education data using methods such as cross-cohort analysis and coordinated secondary data analysis. Participants will learn and examine the issues inherent in these methods such as disparate samples, differing instruments, and different study time periods.
Prerequisites: Participants are expected to have a basic understanding of secondary data, fundamental data analysis skills, knowledge of SPSS, SAS, or Stata, and a substantive interest in early care and education.
The workshop is free, but enrollment is limited. Researchers interested in using these datasets to answer policy relevant questions in child development and early care and education are encouraged to apply, especially if relevant to either the Head Start or Child Care and Development Fund programs.
Admission: To apply, complete the Summer Program portal registration information (by clicking on the "Registration & Fees" tab at the top of this page) and then upload the following documents through the Portal:
- Current curriculum vita
- Cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences
Stipend: Admitted graduate students, post-doctoral scholars and junior faculty/researchers will be considered for one of a limited number of stipends to help with travel and housing costs. To be considered for one of these awards, applicants must clearly indicate their interest in the cover letter and also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or adviser.
Deadline: Deadline for application is Friday, June 7, 2013.
Fee: There will be no tuition fees for accepted participants.
Location: ICPSR -- Ann Arbor, MI
Date(s): July 29 - July 31
Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM