To: Jamie Wilson
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA)
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
From: Sarah Blankenship and Paula Daneri
Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE)
Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Date: September 16, 2022
Subject: Non-Substantive Change Request – Head Start Connects: A Study of Family Support Services (OMB #0970-0538)
This memo requests approval of non-substantive changes to the approved information collection, Head Start Connects: A Study of Family Support Services (Head Start Connects; OMB #0970-0538).
Head Start Connects: A Study of Family Support Services study is the
final phase of the Head Start (HS) Connects Study. The study will
collect data through web-based surveys of Head Start program
directors, Head Start family and community partnerships
managers/coordinators, and Head Start family support services staff
members. In this
phase, data collection is expected to take place over a 10-month
period in the program year of 2022-2023.
OMB most recently approved data collection activities for the HS Connects study on 9/2/22 (OMB #0970-0538). Since approval, the study team identified minor edits to one data collection instrument to be fielded in Fall 2022 (Instrument 1: Survey of Program Directors). Additionally, the team anticipates that two Head Start agency types – that is, tribal governments or consortiums (AI/AN) and school systems – likely will have additional tribal- or school district-level approval processes that must completed before fielding Instrument 1 to program directors. Based on experiences with these program-specific approval processes in other studies and input from other stakeholders, the study team anticipates that the approval processes may be lengthy and may not be completed in a timeframe that aligns with the study timeline for HS Connects. Because this would result in fewer programs being able to participate in the study, the now study proposes to oversample AI/AN and school-based programs to help ensure representation.
Because this study follows a “school year” schedule, the team would like to begin data collection starting September 27, 2022. This includes the use of Instrument 1.
Overview of Requested Changes
The specific revisions being requested as non-substantive changes to the Head Start Connects project’s approved OMB package (0970-0538) are as follows:
to finalize the item wording in the director survey to ensure that the response options align with the item stem and for clarification purposes.
to adjust the sampling plan to include oversampling AI/AN and school programs to obtain the target number of AI/AN and school programs.
The proposed changes do not impact burden estimates for respondents. The specific revisions to each instrument are outlined in the table below.
Overview of Changes
Instrument 1: Survey of Program Directors
Supporting Statement B