Improving Systems, Practices and Outcomes

Family Outcomes Calculators & Graphing Templates


XLS: Family Outcomes Year-to-Year Meaningful Differences Calculator for States

Look at the statistical significance of change in your state’s family outcomes data from year-to-year and compare local performance to the state’s performance. This calculator computes the 90% confidence interval around values. Confidence intervals can be used to understand the precision of values; however, values with very large confidence intervals (more than ±5%) should be interpreted with caution. (updated December 2016)

XLS: Response Rate and Representativeness Calculator

Compute response rates for your state’s family survey data and determine if the surveys you received are representative of the target population. The calculator uses a statistical formula to determine if two percentages (i.e., % of surveys received versus % of families in target population) should be considered different from each other. Enter the values by subgroup and the calculator will compute the statistical significance of the difference between the two percentages and highlight significant differences. Instructions about how to enter data into the calculator appear at the top of each tab. (updated December 2015)

Graphing Templates

After entering data into these worksheets, graphs can be copied and pasted into other files, such as presentations and reports.

XLS: National-State Family Outcomes Data (Indicator C4) Graphing Template

Compare your state’s C4 family outcomes data to the national data in the three sub-indicator areas. Make comparisons to subgroups of states that use the same survey and scoring approach for the following: the FOS with recommended scoring, the FOS-Revised with recommended scoring, and the NCSEAM with Rasch scoring. States that use other scoring or surveys can graph their data using the comparison to national data. National data in the calculator are for FFY 2016, submitted by states in February, 2018. (updated October 2018)

XLS: Family Indicator Local Program Graphing Template

Create graphs comparing your family indicator data by local program. (updated December 2016)

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