Data & Ongoing Monitoring

Measuring What Matters: Using Data to Support Family Progress

Learn how to use data more effectively to strengthen your work with children and families. Use these resources to support family and program progress. They are designed for Head Start, Early Head Start, and other early care and education program staff. These resources are aligned with the Parent, Family, and Community Engagement (PFCE) Framework and Head Start Program Performance Standards.

Measuring What Matters—Using Data to Support Family Progress: Overview

Wondering how you can use data to strengthen your work with families? Explore this series to learn relationship-based ways to partner with families and support progress on PFCE outcomes.

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Exercises in Data Management Introduction

Learn more about how you can use this series with your Head Start, Early Head Start, or early child and education program. See how the series relates to the four data activities and what you will learn about each.

Exercise 1: Prepare – Identifying PFCE Measures of Effort and Effect

Use this exercise to think about the first step to use data to support your work with families. Careful preparation includes asking the right questions, considering the data you already have, and thinking about the data you want to collect to show the reach and impact of your work with children and families.

Exercise 2: Collect – Collecting Data Related to Family Outcomes

Collecting high-quality data is essential for tracking progress toward child and family outcomes. Explore how to prepare for data collection. Choose methods to help you gather data to track progress in line with your program's goals, objectives, and expected outcomes.

Exercise 3: Analyze and Aggregate – Dig Into Data

Learn ways to analyze the PFCE data your program has collected over time. Aggregate and disaggregate data to get a whole picture of the progress your program and families are making.

Exercise 4: Use and Share – Using PFCE Data to Tell Your Story

Discover how to use your program's PFCE data to tell a story. This exercise will help you present and share data in accurate, appealing, and accessible ways to show family and program progress.

Resource Guide

Expand your knowledge and use of data to track family progress using this resource guide. Find resources to help you get started, as well as for program planning and evaluation.

Additional Resources

Measuring What Matters: Webinar Series

Explore the four data activities for PFCE data in this three-part webinar series. Learn how leaders at the program, state, and regional levels can use data to track progress toward expected family outcomes and to make program improvements. Hear from other Head Start and Early Head Start programs about their experiences using data to strengthen their partnerships with families, children, and community partners.

Tracking Progress in Early Care and Education: Program, Staff, and Family Measurement Tools

Use this guide to find tools to help programs measure family engagement outcomes and relationships with families.

Topic:Data and Ongoing Monitoring

Keywords:Family progress

Resource Type: Article

Last Updated: August 8, 2019