Working with Administrative Data in Early Childhood and Related Fields

Publication Date: February 12, 2021
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Introduction

This list includes resources useful to researchers and agency staff who analyze state-level early care and education (ECE) administrative data for research purposes. The resource list emphasizes materials that explain how to acquire, use, manage, link, and analyze administrative data in early childhood or related fields.

As of September 2020, this update to the list is also available on the Working with Administrative Data Visit disclaimer page page on Research Connections.

Purpose

The resource list aims to support Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) administrators and their research partners in using administrative data to address policy-relevant early care and education research questions.

Methods

The authors identified resources by searching the Child Care and Early Education Research Connections website for reports, briefs, fact sheets, and other written materials. We used the following search terms: administrative data, early childhood administrative data, child care administrative data, early care and education administrative data, data governance, data security, data confidentiality, and data analysis.

We then narrowed the list down to resources that would be useful for to those conducting analyses of state-level ECE administrative data for research purposes, with an emphasis on materials that explain how to use, manage, or link such data.

Citation

Lin, Van-Kim, Kelly Maxwell, Carlise King, Kassandra Martinchek, and Julia Isaacs. (2021). Working with Administrative Data in Early Childhood or Related Fields: A List of Resources, OPRE Report #2021-21. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.

Glossary

Administrative Data:
Refers to information about individual children, families, or providers of early care and education and other family benefits that is collected and maintained as part of the operation of government program