ERIC Number: ED436242
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
First Progress Report on the Head Start Program Performance Measures. Head Start Research.
Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA.; Ellsworth Associates, Mclean, VA.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.
In 1995, Head Start developed performance measures to promote accountability through the assessment of program quality and outcomes. This report is the Head Start program's first progress report on its self-assessment using the evolving Program Performance Measures. These measures were developed using ideas from the broad community of people involved with the Head Start program and early childhood education. It is anticipated that the measures will continue to change over time, both as more data on the outcomes of Head Start become available to augment the process data that report on service provision, and as new research demonstrates how Head Start program practices and children's development are linked. The report's first section, "Background," discusses the impetus for the Program Performance Measures, how Head Start assessment moved from a focus on process to a focus on outcomes, first steps in developing and implementing the measures, and the nature of the Performance Measures. Part II, "Conceptual Framework," describes the model around which the measures were developed and how indicators and data sources will be used for each of the 24 measures. This section also describes each of the measures and provides examples of the available data for the first reporting year. The measures are grouped under the five objectives of Head Start: (1) enhance children's growth and development; (2) strengthen families as the primary nurturers of their children; (3) provide children with educational, health, and nutritional services; (4) link children and families to needed community services; and (5) ensure well-managed programs that involve parents in decision-making. Part III of the report presents the strategic plan for implementing the Performance Measures, including establishing an ongoing system of data collection, developing a communication plan, instituting a feedback loop for policy and resource decisions, and promoting use of the data by local programs. Appendices contain a Performance Measures matrix and Performance Measures data. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: Caliber Associates, Fairfax, VA.; Ellsworth Associates, Mclean, VA.; Westat, Inc., Rockville, MD.; Mathematica Policy Research, Washington, DC.