This section provides basic 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 the website. Below are links to general resources about relevant research methodologies.
Discussion of different types of pre-experimental designs, the validity of their results, and their advantages and disadvantages.
Experiments and Quasi-experiments
Discussion of experimental and quasi-experimental designs, the validity of their results, advantages and disadvantages, and ethical considerations.
Descriptions of key issues in survey research methods, links to other resources on survey research methods, and a glossary of related research terms.
Descriptions of key issues in research using administrative data records, links to other resources on the use of administrative data, and a glossary of related research terms.
Descriptions of key issues in field research, links to other resources on field research methods, and a glossary of related research terms.
Descriptions of important descriptive techniques, links to other resources, and a glossary of related research terms.
Descriptions of important analytic techniques, links to other resources, and a glossary of related research terms.
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 (ACF).