The Evaluation Data Coordination Project (EDCP) was an effort to begin the process of developing common measurement questions 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.
Many of the studies supported by 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, they do not necessarily use the same measures for these common constructs. There are, however, distinct advantages to the use of common measures; for example, it would facilitate secondary analysis across studies.