Understand Research

Assessing Research Quality
This section contains information on how to evaluate the quality of social science and policy research.

Research Methods
This section contains information about data collection methods commonly used in child care policy and other social science research. It is designed to give users a general orientation to methodologies to aid in understanding the child care research indexed on our website.

Child Care & Early Education Glossary
This glossary defines terms used to describe aspects of child care and early education practice and policy.

Research Glossary
This glossary defines terms used in conducting social science and policy research, for example those describing methods, measurements, statistical procedures, and other aspects of research.

Working with Administrative Data
The term administrative data refers to information about individual children, families, and/or providers of early care and education and other family benefits that is collected and maintained as part of the operation of government programs. This section features resources about acquiring, using, managing, linking, and analyzing administrative data in early childhood or related fields.

ACF Common Framework for Research and Evaluation
This document outlines the roles of various types of research and evaluation in generating information and answering empirical questions related to the human services provided by the Administration for Children & Families.