Performance Improvement 2006. The Evaluation Data Coordination Project: Common Constructs and Measures Across Nine ACF Studies and Other Key Data Collection Efforts

01/01/2006

Many of the studies supported by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) collect data on the same constructs, such as family income, family structure, employment-related activities, or child outcomes. Because the studies are developed independently, however, they do not necessarily use the same measures for these common constructs. Nonetheless, there are distinct advantages to the use of common measures. For example, common measures would facilitate secondary analysis across studies.

The Evaluation Data Coordination Project (EDCP) was an effort to begin the process of developing common measurements and reporting formats for selected ACF evaluation projects. Through discussions with project staff from nine ongoing ACF-supported studies, the project developed “options documents” with information about a range of measures available for selected constructs. The options documents generally provide information about a range of measures available for assessing a given construct, such  as the psychometric properties. They do not, however, include recommendations of a specific measure or set of measures to be used. The final report, “The Evaluation Data Coordination Project: Common Constructs and Measures Across Nine ACF Studies and Other Key Data Collection Efforts,” presents these options documents for income and earnings, child care quality, parental monitoring/awareness, and children’s behavior problems.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/other_resrch/eval_data/reports/common_constru cts/common_constructs.pdf

PIC ID: 8263; Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation; Federal Contact: Yaffe, Alan, 202-401-4537; Performer: American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

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