Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2014): A New Face On an Old Friend


The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2014) is a nationally representative descriptive study of Head Start programs, classrooms, and children, that provides information about program performance, including improvement efforts, quality, and outcomes for children and families. FACES 2014 features a new "Core Plus" study design, which allows for more rapid and frequent data reporting (Core studies) and serves as a vehicle for studying more complex issues in greater detail with increased efficiency (Plus studies). This training will focus on the child, parent, classroom, and program Core data from fall 2014 and spring 2015 as well as the Family Engagement Plus study conducted in spring 2015.

FACES 2014 project leads from Mathematica Policy Research will instruct this two-day data training, which will introduce researchers to the study's purposes, history, new design, methods, instruments, and data structure; and to special analytic issues such as identifying dual language learners and conducting cross-cohort analyses. Throughout the training, participants will have significant hands-on time with the data.

Data Files: FACES 2014 data files will be available in the summer on a restricted basis through Research Connections. Course-specific data files will be made available to participants on-site under the terms of a temporary Restricted Data Use Agreement.

Audience: All researchers interested in using the FACES 2014 data to answer policy relevant questions in early care and education are encouraged to apply.

Prerequisites: Participants must have programming experience in SAS, Stata, or SPSS. In addition, participants should have experience using large, complex survey data.

Applications: The workshop is free, but space is limited. Apply using the Summer Program Portal (by clicking on the "Registration" tab at the top of this page) to provide your information, select the course, and upload into the Portal a current vita along with a cover letter describing:

  • Research questions intended to be explored using these data
  • Field of study
  • Prior early care and education research experience
  • Experience analyzing large, complex survey data (including specific data sets - in particular noting any prior use of FACES - and types of analyses conducted)
  • The statistical package in which you intend to work

Stipends: 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 a stipend, applicants must also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or advisor. Your letter writer should submit the letter of support directly to the ICPSR Summer Program at sumprog@icpsr.umich.edu and include your name and "Head Start Workshop" in the subject line or body of the email.

Deadline: Application deadline: May 22, 2017.

Fee: No tuition fees.

Tags: Head Start, FACES

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