Research Report Understanding Data Use for Continuous Quality Improvement in Head Start
Preliminary Findings
Teresa Derrick-Mills
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This brief summarizes common themes across two studies of local Head Start programs and a multidisciplinary literature review. The brief provides preliminary evidence that Head Start programs experience similar challenges and facilitators to data use for continuous quality improvement as those experienced in other fields including leadership, analytic capacity, commitment of resources, professional development, a culture of collaborative inquiry, a continuous cycle of data use, and organizational and environmental characteristics. The brief provides an overview of findings and poses questions for future research to better understand the relationships between the elements examined and Head Start characteristics and data use strategies.

Research Areas Education Nonprofits and philanthropy Children and youth
Tags Child care Head Start and elementary education Early childhood education Child care and early childhood education Data and technology capacity of nonprofits
Policy Centers Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy
Research Methods Performance measurement and management