January 31, 2014

In this Issue:

  1. INQUIRE Data Toolkit Available Online
      Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 30, 2014
  2. Preschool-to-Kindergarten Transition Patterns for African American Boys
      Source: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute - January 28, 2014
  3. Policy Brief on Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention Programs
      Source: National Implementation Research Network - Retrieved January 27, 2014

1. INQUIRE Data Toolkit Available Online

Source: Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation - January 30, 2014

Collecting high-quality data can assist states in their efforts to continuously improve their early care and education systems, and analyzing data collected uniformly across states can build the evidence base needed for understanding which initiatives and quality improvement models are effective and in which contexts. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) recently published the INQUIRE Data Toolkit (OPRE Report #2013-58), which was designed to support states' efforts to effectively gather and use high-quality data. The Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE), which is funded by OPRE through a contract with Child Trends, contributed to the development of the toolkit.

2. Preschool-to-Kindergarten Transition Patterns for African American Boys

Source: Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute - January 28, 2014

A new 2-page brief from the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, Preschool-to-Kindergarten Transition Patterns for African American Boys (FPG Snapshot #71, January 2014), highlights findings from a study of 700 African American boys transitioning from preschool to kindergarten. The results underscore the importance of effective parenting on the academic and social performance of African American boys during this time of change.

3. Policy Brief on Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention Programs

Source: National Implementation Research Network - Retrieved January 27, 2014

The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute has published a new policy brief, Implementing Evidence-Based Prevention Programs: Four Things Policymakers Need to Know with Related Policy Recommendations (January 2014), by Aldridge, W. A., II, Blase, K. A., Van Dyke, M., Fixsen, D. L., & Metz, A. The brief provides a 2-page summary of key lessons and policy recommendations from applied implementation science as related to the adoption and implementation of evidence-based prevention programs.