Child Care Market Rate Survey Webinars
Explore the challenges in designing and conducting Child Care Market
Rate Surveys. Watch and listen to any or all of a September series of
5 interactive Webinars based on the newly released report from the
Guidance for Validating Child Care Market Rate Surveys project. The Webinars discussed issues that most
challenge those who conduct market rate surveys including:
- How do states currently conduct market rate surveys and set maximum subsidy rates?
- Is the state market rate survey cost effective? Are current methods likely to produce accurate findings? How much do they spend and on what?
- How do different data collection methods affect findings? What are the pros and cons of administrative updates and mail, telephone, or web surveys?
- How should the geographic unit be defined? What options are available for defining the geographic unit?
- How do price conversions affect the accuracy of price findings?
Presenters for these webinars were researchers from the Guidance for Validating Child Care Market Rate Surveys research project:
- Bobbie Weber, Oregon State University--Family Policy Program
- Deana Grobe, Oregon State University--Family Policy Program
- Liz Davis, University of Minnesota--Department of Applied Economics
The first two webinars in the series provided background on the study,
core concepts, and guidance. Each of the last three focused on a
specific methodological challenge.
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The following webinars were offered in the series:
Market Rate Survey Policies and Practices of States (WMV 61MB)
Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2008
- Overview based on the 2005 survey of state child care administrators, their staff, and partners
- Foundation for the series, serving as an introduction to the issues which will be addressed in the remaining webinars.
- Average market rate survey expenditures
*Please turn up the volume on your computer to hear this first Webinar.
Guidance for Producing Accurate Price Findings (WMV 71MB)
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2008
- Recommendations for conducting market rate studies based on findings from study of alternative methods
- Focuses on recommendations while remaining webinars report actual findings
- Addresses cost effectiveness of market rate surveys
- Includes discussion of concept used in remaining webinars
- Recommended if wanting to participate in any of remaining webinars
Choice of Data Sources, Research Method, and Data Collection Method (WMV 70MB)
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2008
- Identification of list of facilities in the priced child care market
- Importance of stratification if surveying a sample of facilities
- Pros and cons of different data collection methods
- Factors that affect accuracy regardless of method used for data collection including response rate, part-time prices, capacity
Selection of Geographic Unit for Market Rate Study and Rate Setting (WMV 48MB)
Date: Thursday, September 18, 2008
- Exploration of geographic unit options: census tracts, zip codes, counties, or clusters of any of these into regions
- Reasons for using geographic regions
- Identification of number of distinct child care "price clusters"
- Association of child care prices with demographic characteristics of communities.
- Options for mapping prices to communities
Analysis Methods Including Price Conversions and the Exclusion of Facilities Not in the Priced Child Care Market (WMV 58MB)
Date: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
- Reasons for exclusion of some child care facilities from analysis
- Considering whether or not to exclude facilities with high percentage of children whose fees are paid by subsidy program
- Reasons for price conversions
- Effects of conversions on accuracy of findings
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