Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 7507-7508 [05-2744]

Download as PDF 7507 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 29 / Monday, February 14, 2005 / Notices Citizens State Bank, Hudson, Wisconsin. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, February 8, 2005. Robert deV. Frierson, Deputy Secretary of the Board. [FR Doc. 05–2774 Filed 2–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6210–01–S DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance System Quality Assurance Study. OMB No: New collection. Description: The Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance Quality Assurance Study is being undertaken to document and provide feedback on the work of the newly designed Head Start Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system. The Head Start Bureau awarded this contract to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and its subcontractor, Xtria LLC, in October 2004. Providing training and technical assistance has long been a crucial component of the national-regional Head Start system. Through the new T/ TA system, however, the Head Start Bureau has placed greater emphasis on quality and consistency of T/TA service delivery. Under the new T/TA system, the Head Start Bureau’s T/TA Branch annually sets national priorities. Regional Office T/TA liaisons oversee the system’s 12 contracts, awarded in December 2003, which include locally based content experts in the areas of disabilities, early literacy, child development, fiscal administration and management, health, and family and community partnerships. These content experts support locally based TA specialists (TAS), who work with a caseload of 10 to 12 programs to develop T/TA training plans based on each grantee’s self-assessment and the results from the Program Review Instrument for Systems Monitoring (PRISM) process. National contractors provide training and other resources according to priorities determined by the Head Start Bureau and in line with Administration initiatives. Programs can also use their special T/TA grant funds and, when necessary, additional funds from their basic Head Start grant funds to hire consultants or attend training events. In addition, through Higher Education Grants, universities provide coursework to meet Head Start staff’s credentialing needs in partnership with Head Start programs. The Higher Education grantees (HEGs) are organized into three consortia, representing Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities and Hispanic/ Latino-serving institutions. For the regional Head Start system, the Quality Assurance Study will assess (1) each Head Start region’s implementation and structure of the new system, (2) regional T/TA strategies and services provided to grantees, (3) grantees’ progress in assessing T/TA needs and identifying appropriate ways to meet those needs, (4) grantees’ annual T/TA plans, and (5) grantees’ perceptions about the system’s impact on program quality and child outcomes. The study also will analyze whether the HEGs meet their goal of increasing the early childhood credentials of Head Start staff and teachers. In 2005, the study will collect information about the delivery of T/TA services to Head Start and Early Head Start programs through site visits to 48 representative programs (about 4 per region) and site visits to 15 HEGs (5 of each of the 3 types of HEGs). In 2006, the study will visit 36 of the 48 representative Head Start and Early Head Start programs to learn about changes in the T/TA system. All data collection activities have been designed to minimize the burden on respondents by minimizing the time required to respond. Participation in the study is voluntary. The research will provide the Head Start Bureau and the Administration for Children and Families with information about exemplary practices as well as areas in the T/TA system that could be improved. Respondents: Early Head Start and Head Start directors, coordinators, specialists, center administrators, teachers and home visitors; locally based TA specialists; university-based HEG project directors, university faculty, Head Start program administrators, and Head Start program staff and teachers. ESTIMATED RESPONSE BURDEN FOR RESPONDENTS FOR THE HEAD START T/TA QUALITY ASSURANCE STUDY Number of respondents Instrument Number of responses per respondent Average burden per response (hours) Total burden (hours) Program Site Visit Protocols (2005) Director ............................................................................................................ Coordinator/Specialist (group) ......................................................................... Center Administrator (group) ........................................................................... Teacher/Home Visitor (group) ......................................................................... Locally Based TA Specialist ............................................................................ Program Reviews a ........................................................................................... 48 144 288 480 48 48 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.5 1.25 1.25 1.25 1.5 .5 72 180 360 600 72 24 HEG Project Director/Coordinator ................................................................... HEG Staff/Faculty (group) ............................................................................... HS Director ...................................................................................................... HS Staff (group) ............................................................................................... 15 45 30 60 1 1 1 1 1.5 1 1 1 22.5 45 30 60 Total for 2005 ........................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 1,465.5 1 1 1.5 1.25 54 135 HEG Site Visit Protocols (2005) Grantee Site Visit Protocols (2006) Director ............................................................................................................ Coordinator/Specialist (group) ......................................................................... VerDate jul<14>2003 15:28 Feb 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36 108 E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1 7508 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 29 / Monday, February 14, 2005 / Notices ESTIMATED RESPONSE BURDEN FOR RESPONDENTS FOR THE HEAD START T/TA QUALITY ASSURANCE STUDY— Continued Number of responses per respondent Number of respondents Instrument Average burden per response (hours) Total burden (hours) Center Administrator (group) ........................................................................... Teacher/Home Visitor (group) ......................................................................... Locally Based TA Specialist ............................................................................ Program Reviews a ........................................................................................... 216 360 36 36 1 1 1 1 1.25 1.25 1.5 .5 270 450 54 18 Total for 2006 ........................................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 981 Total for 2005 and 2006 .................................................................... Estimated Average Burden Hours ................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ 2,446.5 1,223.25 a These reviews will be conducted with the locally based TA specialists. In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the information collection described above. Copies of the proposed collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L’Enfant Promenade, SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by the title of the information collection. The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Dated: February 4, 2005. Robert Sargis, Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 05–2744 Filed 2–11–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–01–M VerDate jul<14>2003 15:28 Feb 11, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES National Institutes of Health National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences; Proposed Collection; Comment Request; Active Living by Design Program Evaluation Summary: In compliance with the requirement of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, for opportunity for public comment on proposed data collection projects, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), the National Institute of Health (NIH) will publish periodic summaries of proposed projects to be submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval. Proposed Collection: Title: Active Living by Design Program Evaluation. Type of Information Collection Request: New. Need and Use of Information Collection: The purpose of this study is to provide NIEHS with an overall evaluation of the Active Living by Design (ALbD) program to determine the extent to which program strategies to increase physical activity influence change, as measured by increased physical activity and reduction of Body Mass Index (BMI), in residents of participating communities. The two objectives of this study are to determine: • The degree to which the changes in the built environment, communication strategies and policy as a result of ALbD’s program has impacted physical activity and BMI in residents within the twenty-five (25) participating communities relative to a set of ten (10) control communities; and • The degree to which the ALbD program’s communication strategies has PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 positively impacted residents’ knowledge and perceptions of features and conditions that impede and facilitate physical activity within their (participating) communities. Two types of data collection will occur throughout the study. A telephone and Internet survey, which relies on self-reports, will be conducted on a large sample of the population. A smaller population sample will be used during clinical surveys, which will collect physical activity data using measures of physical activity such as, accelerometers; measures of BMI and include a face-to-face interview on respondents’ perceptions of their neighborhood. The findings of this study will provide valuable information concerning: (1) The direct impact ALbD strategies have on increasing physical activity and bringing about positive changes in health associated with exercise, such as weight loss: (2) possible reduction of health risks and diseases related to physical inactivity through implementation of ALbD strategies. Frequency of Response: Three times over a period of five (5) years; specifically during study years One (1), Three (3), and Five (5). Affected Public: Individuals or households. Type of Respondents: Respondents to telephone and internet surveys, includes adults, children ages 12 through 17 years and parents responding on behalf of children ages 6 through 11; Respondents to clinical surveys, includes adults and children ages 6–17. The clinical procedures require respondents under 18 years of age to be accompanied by their parent/ guardian, therefore the burden has been doubled for these respondents. The annual reporting burden is represented in the following table: E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1

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[FR Doc No: 05-2744]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Head Start National Training and Technical Assistance System 
Quality Assurance Study.
    OMB No: New collection.
    Description: The Head Start National Training and Technical 
Assistance Quality Assurance Study is being undertaken to document and 
provide feedback on the work of the newly designed Head Start Training 
and Technical Assistance (T/TA) system. The Head Start Bureau awarded 
this contract to Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., and its 
subcontractor, Xtria LLC, in October 2004.
    Providing training and technical assistance has long been a crucial 
component of the national-regional Head Start system. Through the new 
T/TA system, however, the Head Start Bureau has placed greater emphasis 
on quality and consistency of T/TA service delivery. Under the new T/TA 
system, the Head Start Bureau's T/TA Branch annually sets national 
priorities. Regional Office T/TA liaisons oversee the system's 12 
contracts, awarded in December 2003, which include locally based 
content experts in the areas of disabilities, early literacy, child 
development, fiscal administration and management, health, and family 
and community partnerships. These content experts support locally based 
TA specialists (TAS), who work with a caseload of 10 to 12 programs to 
develop T/TA training plans based on each grantee's self-assessment and 
the results from the Program Review Instrument for Systems Monitoring 
(PRISM) process. National contractors provide training and other 
resources according to priorities determined by the Head Start Bureau 
and in line with Administration initiatives. Programs can also use 
their special T/TA grant funds and, when necessary, additional funds 
from their basic Head Start grant funds to hire consultants or attend 
training events.
    In addition, through Higher Education Grants, universities provide 
coursework to meet Head Start staff's credentialing needs in 
partnership with Head Start programs. The Higher Education grantees 
(HEGs) are organized into three consortia, representing Historically 
Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities and 
Hispanic/Latino-serving institutions.
    For the regional Head Start system, the Quality Assurance Study 
will assess (1) each Head Start region's implementation and structure 
of the new system, (2) regional T/TA strategies and services provided 
to grantees, (3) grantees' progress in assessing T/TA needs and 
identifying appropriate ways to meet those needs, (4) grantees' annual 
T/TA plans, and (5) grantees' perceptions about the system's impact on 
program quality and child outcomes. The study also will analyze whether 
the HEGs meet their goal of increasing the early childhood credentials 
of Head Start staff and teachers. In 2005, the study will collect 
information about the delivery of T/TA services to Head Start and Early 
Head Start programs through site visits to 48 representative programs 
(about 4 per region) and site visits to 15 HEGs (5 of each of the 3 
types of HEGs). In 2006, the study will visit 36 of the 48 
representative Head Start and Early Head Start programs to learn about 
changes in the T/TA system. All data collection activities have been 
designed to minimize the burden on respondents by minimizing the time 
required to respond. Participation in the study is voluntary.
    The research will provide the Head Start Bureau and the 
Administration for Children and Families with information about 
exemplary practices as well as areas in the T/TA system that could be 
improved.
    Respondents: Early Head Start and Head Start directors, 
coordinators, specialists, center administrators, teachers and home 
visitors; locally based TA specialists; university-based HEG project 
directors, university faculty, Head Start program administrators, and 
Head Start program staff and teachers.

            Estimated Response Burden for Respondents for the Head Start T/TA Quality Assurance Study
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
                   Instrument                        Number of     responses per   per  response   Total burden
                                                    respondents     respondent        (hours)         (hours)
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                                       Program Site Visit Protocols (2005)
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Director........................................              48               1             1.5              72
Coordinator/Specialist (group)..................             144               1            1.25             180
Center Administrator (group)....................             288               1            1.25             360
Teacher/Home Visitor (group)....................             480               1            1.25             600
Locally Based TA Specialist.....................              48               1             1.5              72
Program Reviews a...............................              48               1              .5              24
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                                         HEG Site Visit Protocols (2005)
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HEG Project Director/Coordinator................              15               1             1.5            22.5
HEG Staff/Faculty (group).......................              45               1               1              45
HS Director.....................................              30               1               1              30
HS Staff (group)................................              60               1               1              60
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    Total for 2005..............................  ..............  ..............  ..............         1,465.5
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                                       Grantee Site Visit Protocols (2006)
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Director........................................              36               1             1.5              54
Coordinator/Specialist (group)..................             108               1            1.25             135

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Center Administrator (group)....................             216               1            1.25             270
Teacher/Home Visitor (group)....................             360               1            1.25             450
Locally Based TA Specialist.....................              36               1             1.5              54
Program Reviews a...............................              36               1              .5              18
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    Total for 2006..............................  ..............  ..............  ..............             981
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        Total for 2005 and 2006.................  ..............  ..............  ..............         2,446.5
Estimated Average Burden Hours..................  ..............  ..............  ..............       1,223.25
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a These reviews will be conducted with the locally based TA specialists.

    In compliance with the requirements of section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Administration for Children and 
Families is soliciting public comment on the specific aspects of the 
information collection described above. Copies of the proposed 
collection of information can be obtained and comments may be forwarded 
by writing to the Administration for Children and Families, Office of 
Administration, Office of Information Services, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, 
SW., Washington, DC 20447, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. E-mail 
address: grjohnson@acf.hhs.gov. All requests should be identified by 
the title of the information collection.
    The Department specifically requests comments on: (a) Whether the 
proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper 
performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the 
information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the 
agency's estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of 
information; (c) the quality, utility, and clarity of the information 
to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection 
of information on respondents, including through the use of automated 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology. 
Consideration will be given to comments and suggestions submitted 
within 60 days of this publication.

    Dated: February 4, 2005.
Robert Sargis,
Reports Clearance Officer.
[FR Doc. 05-2744 Filed 2-11-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 4184-01-M