posted on January 12, 2016 15:09
In Washington, DC there's no shortage of tinkerers who write about what they think Head Start was, is, and should be without ever interacting with an actual Head Start program. That's why NHSA is so excited to share a paper released today that was created through real partnership with NHSA and leaders from across the Head Start field. "Moneyball for Head Start: Using Data, Evidence, and Evaluation to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families" was written by Sara Mead and Ashley LiBetti Mitchel of Bellwether Education Partners and was crafted in partnership with Results for America, the Volcker Alliance, and the National Head Start Association with valuable input from both program and policy perspectives. The paper can be summed up in a series of messages we couldn't agree with more:
- Head Start is a worthwhile investment that improves the lives of children and families.
- Head Start's impact on children and families can be strengthened through better use of data and evidence.
- Every Head Start program should have access to a good data system that provides timely, usable information to improve results.
- The Office of Head Start should use data to learn from and expand successful programs, and to help struggling programs to improve.
- Researchers, philanthropists, and policymakers should work together to build the evidence base about what works in Head Start.
- Congress and the Administration should take concrete steps to help ensure all Head Start programs have and use data to improve results.
I As we approach a reauthorization in the coming years, we hope "Moneyball for Head Start" is an opportunity to discuss, reflect, and imagine what Head Start's future can be with our best advocacy.