FCIC - Florida Center for Inclusive Communities

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Our Research Philosophy

Our research uses a collaborative, participatory approach as we work closely with HIPPY programs in Florida. Florida HIPPY programs are actively engaged in our research, program evaluation and data collection processes.   Our program evaluation and research materials and data collection tools are linguistically appropriate for our sites. On line trainings, documents and forms are translated into Spanish which is the primary language of many of the families served throughout the State. Our research and evaluation rely on key principles:


Education and Work Experience

Our research team comprises researchers, evaluators and program staff. This allows us to integrate diverse perspectives into our overall research agenda. We are an interdisciplinary team with backgrounds including early education, public administration, and sociology. Team members have varied expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and collectively have extensive experience (over 30 years) in program implementation, policy advocacy, research and evaluation and teaching. This varied background facilitates the development of research and evaluation methods that integrate different perspectives which allows our research to be more responsive to HIPPY children and families in Florida.

Florida HIPPY State Research and Evaluation Agenda

We have the following goals:

 

HIPPY Team

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Tracy Payne, Ph.D.Co- Director
Faculty, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Department of Child and Family Studies
Email: payne12@usf.edu

     
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Dabaram Rampersad, MACo- Director
Faculty, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Department of Child and Family Studies
Email: rampersad@usf.edu

     
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Ruby Joseph, MPA - HIPPY Researcher
Faculty, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Department of Child and Family Studies
Email: raj@usf.edu

     
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Svetlana Yampolskaya, Ph.D. - HIPPY Research Faculty
Division of Child and Family Behavioral Health
Department of Child and Family Studies
Email: yampol@usf.edu               

     
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Debra Mowery, Ph.D. - HIPPY Research Faculty
Division of Child and Family Behavioral Health
Department of Child and Family Studies
Email: mowery@usf.edu

     
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Angela Vatalaro, Ph.D. - HIPPY Research Faculty
Associate in Research
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Department of Child and Family Studies
Email: avatalaro@usf.edu   

     
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Brenda Brinson - HIPPY Coordinator, Hillsborough HIPPY Parent Involvement Program
Florida Center for Inclusive Communities
Department of Child and Family Studies
Email: brinson@usf.edu

     

Research

The Florida HIPPY Training and Technical Assistance Centerís research agenda includes both research and program evaluation activities.  All sites are expected to participate in research and program evaluation activities. However, family participation in the research activities is voluntary.

The Florida HIPPY State Longitudinal Study
The Florida HIPPY State longitudinal research study seeks to answer these questions:

What happens to HIPPY children when they enter kindergarten and the Florida public school system?

    1.  Are HIPPY children ready for kindergarten?
    2.  Are HIPPY students being promoted?
    3. How are HIPPY students performing on Florida Standardized tests?
    4. How do the academic performance of HIPPY students compare with non-HIPPY students?

The Florida HIPPY Longitudinal Study monitors the progress of HIPPY children after they leave the program and enter Florida Public Schools from kindergarten through the third grade. This study uses a cohort approach to assess HIPPY students’ educational progress each academic year. Educational data focuses on a) attendance b) promotion and c) Florida Standardized Testing.

The Florida HIPPY Longitudinal Study has 12 cohorts in its study. Cohort 13 data for 2016-2017 kindergarten students is currently being analyzed.
Data on performance of HIPPY students in Florida schools suggest that HIPPY programs are preparing children for kindergarten. Students are attending school regularly and promotion rates are high.

Case Study Research
In summer 2016, a case study describing how a local HIPPY program, Hillsborough HIPPY Parent Involvement Program (HHPIP) worked collaboratively with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) to serve children with Autism Spectrum Disorder was conducted.  This study focused on the story of three children with autism spectrum disorder and their families who were enrolled in HHPIP. (2016-HIPPY Case Studies Report)

Program Evaluation

All Florida HIPPY programs are required to participate in research and program evaluation activities.  Enrolled children and their parents participate in the program evaluation activities.

Program evaluation activities seek to answer three main questions:

  1. How are programs being implemented in Florida?

    • Who are we serving?
    • What program activities are families involved in?

  2. How do children perform while they are enrolled in HIPPY?

    • Is their knowledge of early learning developmental concepts improving?
    • re they ready for kindergarten?

  3. How are parents involved with their children’s educational and social development?

    • Are HIPPY parents/caregivers reading and interacting with their children more?
    • Are HIPPY parents/caregivers participating in non-academic social activities with their children?

Each implementation year there is an on-going assessment of how program implementation is progressing conducted through program evaluation.  All Florida sites use two primary tools for evaluation:

1) The Bracken School Readiness Assessment (Pre and Post)

2) The Parent Involvement Survey (Pre and Post)

In addition, evaluation studies highlight how the children in HIPPY are progressing educationally and socially and provide insight into how parents are involved in their children’s education. The Florida HIPPY Research and Evaluation team provide information on their research and program evaluation findings at conferences and trainings.


Conferences

Results & Findings

Part of the mission of the Florida Technical Assistance and Training Center’s mission is to share the HIPPY story. This is done in a variety of ways:

Publications
The research team is working on publications to share results of a comparison study on kindergarten readiness of HIPPY and non-HIPPY children; and a case study of the experiences of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in HIPPY. Stay tuned.

Collaboration

Florida Training and Technical Assistance Center works closely with HIPPY USA and works collaboratively with other HIPPY State programs like Texas. The Florida Technical Assistance and Training Center staff assist in trainings at HIPPY USA bi-annual conferences. Florida and Texas HIPPY staff have co-presented on findings on the Bracken School Readiness Assessments and Parent Involvement Surveys at meetings and conferences.

International collaboration/International meetings
Program implementation and research findings are shared with other international HIPPY programs. The Florida Technical Assistance and Training Center hosted a 2-day international meeting in Tampa in March 2016.  Researchers, evaluators and directors from HIPPY programs in the United States, New Zealand, Israel, Canada and Australia convened to share their insights about their HIPPY programs, and discuss their research findings.

The Florida HIPPY research team also collaborates and provide technical assistance to a pilot HIPPY project in Liberia, Family Literacy Initiative. We work with agencies and/or university faculty in Liberia and Nigeria. We assist the Friends of Liberia team in developing evaluation tools and surveys and conducting data analysis for the Family Literacy Initiative project in Liberia.

 

Technical Assistance

We offer technical assistance on data collection, research and evaluation to all Florida HIPPY programs. See Trainings offered.

FORMS

These forms are for reference only. Please do not use these forms for implementation and submission to the State office.
If you want your site’s personalized forms that are relevant for the current fiscal year, please email or call Ruby Joseph (raj@usf.edu or 813-973-9339)

EVALUATION REPORTS

Evaluation reports for 2014-2015

Evaluation reports for 2015-2016:


RESEARCH REPORTS

Recent reports on findings from cohort 9, 10, and 11

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