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--> Appendix C Workshop Agenda WORKSHOP ON LONGITUDINAL SURVEYS OF CHILDREN National Research Council Washington, D.C. September 12-13, 1997 Friday, September 12 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction Barbara Boyle Torrey, Executive Director, Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education Robert Hauser, Workshop Chair, University of Wisconsin Jeremy Travis, Director, National Institute of Justice 9:30 Session 1: Introduction to the Surveys What data are we collecting on children and how? Each survey representative will be asked to make a brief presentation of five minutes or less to summarize the goals, purposes, and central substantive issues that guided development of the study; the overall design, the sampling strategy, the constructs being assessed, and the measurement instruments, as well as the current status of the survey. These presentations will rely heavily on summary materials that were collected from each presenter prior to the workshop and distributed to all workshop participants. 10:45 Break
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--> 11:00 Session 2: Major Conceptual and Methodological Survey Challenges: Experiences and Best Strategies Each survey representative will identify one or two challenges they faced regarding design, measurement, or methodology. These will serve as the focal points for the session. The survey representatives will be asked to spend a few minutes on the issues they identified. Discussion will ensue with the entire group, so that all concerns can be addressed and solutions shared. Ample time has been allotted for this session in order to cover all issues. Examples of potential issues/challenges: Coverage and balance of content. Sampling design and weighting. Measurement and analysis. Field operations. Legitimation and retention of cases. Data disclosure and dissemination. Overall resources for longitudinal (and other) studies. 12:30 p.m. Lunch 1:30 Continue discussion of Session 2 3:00 Break 3:15 Continue discussion of Session 2 5:30 Adjourn Saturday, September 13 9:00 a.m. Session 3: Conceptual Issues Facing Surveys in Today's Policy and Community Context This session is designed to provide presenters with the opportunity to brainstorm to identify important trends for children and future policy issues that might affect children and how current and future data could meet the needs for informing those policies.
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--> Some issues for discussion: Measurement of family economics: Patterns of receipt of public assistance, fluctuations in and sources of family income, assets. Measurement of community/neighborhood context. Capacity to inform efforts to trace implementation and effects of devolution: How to assess policy/community context? What effects to look for? Continuity of care. 10:45 Coffee Break 11:00 Continue discussion of Session 3 12:30 p.m. Lunch 1:30 Session 4: Collaboration Each presenter will be asked to suggest further ways in which collaboration could be fostered among all principal investigators of longitudinal surveys of children and to discuss the sharing of research protocols, data linkages, and archiving of data. 2:30 Summing up: What Have We Learned? 3:00 Adjourn
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