Research and Evaluation Capacity Building: A Resource Guide for Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agencies (Revised 2019)

July 22, 2019
Topics:
Child Care
Projects:
Center for Supporting Research on Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Implementation, 2016 - 2021 | Learn more about this project
Types:
Reports
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Introduction

Research and evaluation play an important role in supporting government agencies in making optimal policy, programmatic, and operational decisions. This guide provides an annotated list of selected written and online resources to support Child Care and Development Fund lead agencies seeking to build research and evaluation capacity. Listings point readers to user-friendly, practical tools on the following subjects:

(1) comprehensive resources on program evaluation;
(2) evaluation design and planning;
(3) building organizational research and evaluation capacity;
(4) working with evaluators; and
(5) working with administrative data.
 

This 2019 edition contains publications that were released or came to the authors’ attention after completion of the earlier edition. A previous edition of this resource guide, released in June 2018, can be found here: https://urbn.is/2L1DHun.

Methods

The purpose of this guide is to help CCDF lead agencies quickly identify tools to meet their information needs. As a result, the guide limits the number of resources in a given category or subcategory to no more than eight. Potential resources for the guide were identified through scans of selected websites, keyword searches on Child Care and Early Education Resources Connections, expert recommendations, and through a review of citations in found resources and other bibliographies. Within each topic area, resources were evaluated and selected for inclusion according to the following criteria: relevant for CCDF lead agencies, user-friendly, published after 2001, freely available online, and minimally duplicative of other resources included in the guide. When materials were duplicative, the resource that best addressed the other criteria was chosen. Some criteria (publication date and online availability) were relaxed if the resource met a unique need that was not addressed by a resource meeting the criteria. The guide was initially released in June 2018 and updated in July 2019, and it may be updated periodically. We expect to release one more updated resource guide with additional or alternative resources, chosen in consultation with the project officer to best meet the needs of grantees and other CCDF lead agencies.

Citation

Rohacek, Monica, Amelia Coffey, Julia Isaacs, and Kathryn Stephens. (2019). Research and Evaluation Capacity Building: A Resource Guide for Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agencies (Revised 2019), OPRE Report #: 2019-74. Washington, DC: Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Last Reviewed: July 17, 2019