ERIC Number: ED428857
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-25
Reference Count: N/A
From Constructs to Measures: Finalizing the Common Core. The Project on State-Level Child Outcomes.
Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation at the Administration for Children and Families, and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, are working together with states and other groups to improve the measurement of child outcomes in state welfare evaluations and in other state data systems. The Project on State-Level Child Outcomes has two phases. The first phase is a 1-year planning and design phase; the second is an implementation phase for data collection, analysis, and reporting activities. This report summarizes a meeting to finalize the common core of measures for the states' evaluations, the second in a series of national-level meetings of the planning phase of the project. After providing a detailed agenda of the February 27-28, 1997 meeting, the report summarizes presentations and discussions in the following sessions: (1) recap from last meeting and update on related activities (Welfare Peer Assistance Network (WELPAN) meeting, states meeting, child care researchers' meeting, letters and proposals sent to funders); (2) update on states' evaluations and work on indicators; (3) working session on core constructs; (4) "From Constructs to Measures: 'Filling the Notebook'" (what constitutes a "good" measure for use as an indicator or as an impact, criteria for selecting good measures, criteria for deciding if a measure should be in the common core or if it can be site-specific); and (5) child outcomes (discussion on which measures are to be used as indicators and which as impacts in the areas of child health and safety, cognitive achievement/educational attainment/school progress, and behavior and adjustment). The report then summarizes the second day of the meeting. "Filling the Notebook" was continued, with discussion of intervening mechanisms/interim outcomes in: (1) child care; (2) maternal psychological well-being; (3) maternal attitudes and skills; (4) stress; (5) parenting and the home environment; (6) father involvement; (7) stability of living arrangements and family structure; (8) use of services/benefits; (9) income; and (10) maternal education. Presentations were also given on possibilities for additional funding and next steps for technical assistance. The report's appendix summarizes a meeting convened to inform the child care components of state welfare waiver evaluations. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Trends, Inc., Washington, DC.