Free Data Workshop


July 29-31, 2013
Ann Arbor, MI

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.

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. All applications must include a vita and cover letter summarizing research interests and experiences. 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 also submit a letter of support from a senior faculty member, mentor, or advisor.

Application deadline: May 31, 2013

Applications are competitive. A limited number of stipends will be awarded.
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Apr 16, 2013

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