The Early Head Start Research Consortium comprises individuals from the 17 programs participating in the evaluation, 15 university research teams funded by ACYF to work with 16 of the research programs, ACYF’s Head Start Bureau, ACF’s Child Outcomes Research and Evaluation (CORE) team, and the national team of Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. and Columbia University’s Center for Children and Families, Teachers College.
In addition to participating in many national evaluation activities (including collecting cross-site data and participating collaboratively throughout the study), each local research team also conducted site-specific local research. These research projects were designed to augment the national study. In general, they focused on in-depth research on understanding the local context and the role of mediators and moderators in child outcomes. Their research often encompassed measures that augmented those used in the national, cross-site data collection. The local Early Head Start program staff helped with all phases of the study, from random assignment and locating families for data collection to participation in discussions of analysis and reporting. Local research teams and their program partners have been analyzing data and presenting at state, national, and international conferences and meetings and publishing descriptive findings in peer review journals since early in the project.
This appendix presents brief write-ups of 21 studies from 9 of the local research teams and from staff in 2 of the programs. The Consortium established a peer-review process, which resulted in contributions reflecting a variety of perspectives. Each of these brief papers expands on the synopses included as boxes in Volume I of this report. They appear alphabetically, by first author.