Two-Part Free Data Webinar: Understanding and Using the Head Start Impact Study (HSIS) Center Analysis File*, November 14 and 15, 2017

Join Research Connections and Westat researchers for a 2-part webinar series on the Head Start Impact Study Center Analysis File, which will soon be added to the Head Start Impact Study Data Collection via a secure, virtual data enclave (VDE).

Tuesday, November 14, 1-2:30pm EST: Head Start Impact Study Center Analysis File Overview
This webinar will show participants how to apply for access to the data and use the VDE to work with the data; introduce the Center Analysis File and give an overview of the variables, data sources; and discuss the disclosure risk analysis and masking process for the data.

Wednesday November 15, 1-2:30pm EST: Working with the Head Start Impact Study Center Analysis File
In this webinar, the instructors will provide tips on using the Center Analysis File including guidance on weighting, merging the Center Analysis File with other HSIS RUF files, and present examples of statistical operations using the Center Analysis and other HSIS data.

Presenters: Jane Ciarico and Kristin Madden, Westat; Dharma Akmon, Research Connections, ICPSR

Both sessions will include time to ask questions. After registering, you will receive an email with information about joining the webinar. To attend both webinars, you need to register for each session.

About the Study

The Head Start Impact Study (HSIS) was conducted to study the impacts of Head Start on children and their families, specifically looking at impacts during the children's preschool, kindergarten, and through their third-grade year. HSIS was conducted with a nationally representative sample of 84 grantee/delegate agencies and included 4,667 newly entering, eligible 3- and 4-year-old children who were randomly assigned to either: (1) a Head Start group that had access to Head Start program services or (2) a control group that did not have access to Head Start, but could enroll in other early childhood programs or non-Head Start services selected by their parents. Data collection began in fall 2002 and continued through 2006.

The HSIS Center Analysis File contains 47 variables for 347 of the HSIS centers. The data are from a variety of publically available data sources and provide information about the HSIS centers' communities, including population and household characteristics, crime statistics, labor, and housing data.

*This series will focus exclusively on the Head Start Center Analysis File. Participants who are not familiar with the HSIS and other data available from the study are encouraged to explore the HSIS codebooks and documentation and watch the Head Start Impact Study Online Training webinar prior to the Head Start Center Analysis File webinars.

Oct 20, 2017

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