Moneyball for Head Start: Using Data, Evidence, and Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

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This Bellwether paper discusses Head Start, the federal initiative promoting school readiness for pre-K children in low-income families, and how it can be improved. Some of the paper’s key recommendations are:
  • Building more effective ways of utilizing data for program improvements at the local grantee level;
  • Shifting away from a compliance model to a more results-based way of measuring grantee quality at the federal oversight level; and
  • Producing an evidence-based approach at the federal policy level for improving Head Start program outcomes.
Head Start provides much-needed assistance to vulnerable populations. Ultimately, continuous learning and assessment within Head Start are central to achieving better outcomes for children and families.
Read it here.