Data in Head Start and Early Head Start: Creating a Culture that Embraces Data is an interactive learning module designed for use by management staff in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. To get started, watch this video montage of Head Start and Early Head Start leaders. In it, they share their excitement about how they created a culture that embraces the use of data to inform decision making in their programs.
The goals of this interactive learning module are to strengthen leaders’ capabilities to:
Understand how the data collected in your Head Start or Early Head Start program fit into the annual planning cycle
Help everyone in the program—from bus drivers and cooks to Policy Council and governing body members—become enthusiastic about using data
Become data detectives and base decisions on facts rather than hunches
Share data appropriately with different audiences and show how each audience can use the information
Celebrate the good news that data shows and learn from the bad news so you can improve your program
Each of the 15-20 minute activities in the module includes a mixture of practical scenarios, real-life examples from the field, and tools and templates. All assist in planning for and implementing effective data use. Head Start and Early Head Start leaders can work individually through the module activities at their own pace. They also may review and discuss sections during meetings and training events.
This product was prepared under Grant #90HC0006 for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start, by the National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations.