Center for Supporting Research on CCDBG Implementation

Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) lead agencies are eager to build their capacity to research and evaluate the policy changes they are making in response to the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014. The changes that states, tribes, and territories are making offer a unique opportunity to evaluate and research the effectiveness of different policy approaches. 

The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families awarded a contract to the Urban Institute to create the Center for Supporting Research on CCDBG implementation to support CCDF lead agencies. The center will develop resources to help CCDF lead agencies build research and evaluation capacity, carry out research, and disseminate findings to meet CCDBG reauthorization goals.

More information on the center’s activities can be found in our one-page overview.


Powerpoint Slides
A Dozen Policy Questions You Can Answer with Your Agency’s Administrative Data
July 24, 2019

These slides are from a webinar designed to support CCDF Lead Agency staff and their partners in using existing administrative data to address policy questions posed by state legislators, agency heads, and other stakeholders. The webinar covers (1) a dozen policy and operational questions that CCDF lead agencies have addressed with administrative data; (2) tips for using administrative data; and (3) presentations from CCDF Lead Agency staff in Georgia and Massachusetts. This is the first in a series of webinars on Building Your Capacity as a CCDF Lead Agency to Use Data in Policy Decisions. A recording and transcript of the webinar can be found on the OPRE website.

Research Brief
Evaluating Training and Professional Development for Home-Based Providers: A Brief for CCDF Agencies and Researchers
Amelia Coffey and Julia B. Isaacs
February 2019

This brief is intended to support Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) lead agency staff and others who oversee or conduct research on programs and initiatives for home-based child care providers. It includes a review and summary table of 19 recent studies involving engagement of home-based providers in research, along with best-practice evaluation tips from experienced researchers.

Annotated Bibliography
Research and Evaluation Capacity Building: A Resource Guide for Child Care and Development Fund Lead Agencies (Revised 2019)
Monica Rohacek, Amelia Coffey, Julia Isaacs, and Kathryn Stevens
June 2018, Revised July 2019

This guide provides a concise, curated list of written and online resources to support CCDF lead agencies seeking to build research and evaluation capacity. The user-friendly, practical tools summarized in the guide cover the following topics: comprehensive resources on program evaluation, logic models, evaluation design and planning, building organizational research and evaluation capacity, working with evaluators, and working with administrative data. A previous edition of this resource guide, released in June 2018, can be found here:

Self-Assessment Tool
Research and Evaluation Capacity: Self-Assessment Tool and Discussion Guide for CCDF Lead Agencies
Monica H. Rohacek
November 2017

This tool supports CCDF lead agencies in strengthening their capacity to carry out and use research in decision-making. The tool can help you reflect on your organization’s strengths, identify gaps, and set priorities for ongoing improvement.