Family Outcomes Data Use
National Data Resources
The first half of this webinar presents national data on Part C Indicator 4, including performance trends and data quality. The second half of the webinar highlights the NC Infant-Toddler Program’s work on changing their Indicator 4 measurement system and improving data quality. State strategies included utilizing multiple stakeholder process, updating training, monitoring data quality, and evaluating changes. (57 minutes)
Training on Family Outcomes Survey Processes
This online training covers the background on family outcomes measurement and information on the Family Outcomes Survey-Revised (FOS-R). (courtesy Illinois Early Intervention Training Program)
This manual was developed to outline key changes and procedures in support of a state’s new family outcomes survey tool and measurement approach. Embedded in the document is a one-page flow chart that visually represents the state's family data system. (courtesy North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program)
Sharing family survey data with families
Improving the quality and usability of family survey data should include communication or other feedback to families. This may include families currently enrolled, new families coming into the program, or exiting families. The following examples highlight resources used to share information about the family survey purpose, process, or performance back with families.
This infographic provides a visual overview to the family survey data results, including response rates by subgroup and performance on the three Indicator 4 outcome areas. (courtesy Early Intervention Colorado)
This one page flyer (printed Spanish on one side and English on the reverse) serves as a tool for providers to use in talking with families about participation in the family survey. It is also used to provide a unique log-in code for families to complete the survey online. (courtesy North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program)
Data Analyses Resources
The following two resources were developed as tools to be used for data analyses as part of the State Systemic Improvement Planning (SSIP) process, but can be used in ongoing examination of patterns in your family survey data. These tools can be used regardless of which survey a state is using:
The broad data analysis template is used to compare data on family outcomes in the state to national data, across years, within the state, and across programs within the state using data from current APR reporting.
The subgroup analysis template are also useful in understanding predictors of family outcomes. The table shells in this document are suggestions and should be tailored to fit the appropriate categories for your state.
This guide was developed to assist states in using NCSEAM parent survey data, through a process including Rasch data analysis and interpretation, selection of practices and improvements, and application to the SPP/APR and overall survey process.
FOS Analysis Guide (2014)
This guidance document assists users with analyzing data using the original Family Outcomes Survey (FOS).
Using Family Survey Data for Decision-Making
This document is outlined as a matrix connecting family outcomes (and child outcomes) to practices with families. Once family survey data analysis has identified areas in need of improvement, this resource may be helpful to identify key practice areas in which the program may want to focus.