Free data workshop on Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES 2014)

What: Free data workshop (travel stipends available): Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey  (FACES 2014)

When: July 24-25, 2017

Where: Ann Arbor, MI

Application deadline: May 22

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. FACES2014 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, introducing researchers to the study’s purposes, history, new design, methods, instruments, and data structure; and special analytic issues such as identifying dual language learners and conducting cross-cohort analyses. There will be significant hands-on time with the data.

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.

The workshop is free, but space is limited. Researchers interested in using the FACES 2014 data to answer policy relevant questions in early care and education
are encouraged to apply. Participants must have programming experience in SAS, Stata, or SPSS. All applications must include a vita along with a cover letter describing:

  • research questions you wish to explore 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)
  • and the statistical package in which you intend to work

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 22, 2017

Applications are competitive. A limited number of travel stipends will be awarded.

To apply, visit our course page

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Mar 28, 2017

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