This brief discussion of measurement and evaluation in mindset shift work, which is intended as a supplement to our report, Mindset Shifts: What Are They? Why Do They Matter? How Do They Happen?, offers some guidelines and considerations that we hope will be useful to researchers and others engaged in this work. We do not pretend to have simple or easy solutions to the challenges we raise. As we discuss below, the best approach to measuring mindset shifts and evaluating mindset shift efforts will differ depending on the specific contours of the effort.
Promoting School Readiness and Early Child Development: Findings from Cognitive Elicitations
This report explains findings from research that investigated whether the concept of "school readiness," a frame widely promoted by advocates and experts, can be effective at engaging public...
Hearts Souls and Minds: An Analysis of Qualitative Research Regarding Communicating School Readiness and other Child Development Policies
This analysis is based upon qualitative research, specifically 12 focus groups. Focus groups are open-end, structured conversations among 8-10 people, typically lasting about 2 hours.
Simplifying Early Childhood Development: Findings from Cognitive Analysis and Phone Interviews
In the research reported on here, cognitive analysis of this general schema reveals several basic features which stand in the way of child advocates’ messaging.