Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request, 48819-48820 [2017-22713]

Download as PDF 48819 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 202 / Friday, October 20, 2017 / Notices document procedures as well as challenges faced and lessons learned to inform the field of practice as well as policy makers, program administrators, and funders at various levels. The proposed information collection activities consist of semi-structured interviews and surveys conducted at 28 child welfare agency sites. Focus groups conducted at 8 of the 28 sites will gather information on needs, challenges, and strategies to support children with prenatal substance exposures and their families within the child welfare system. Respondents: State and child welfare agency directors, child welfare staff and supervisors; agency partners and service providers; and family members and caregivers of children who may have been prenatally exposed to substances. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Number of respondents Instrument Number of responses per respondent Average burden hours per tresponse Total burden hours 28 28 15 14 14 32 140 90 50 12 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1.25 1 1 1.5 .5 .5 .5 .5 1.5 28 28 19 14 14 48 70 45 25 6 9 Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours ..................................................... srobinson on DSKBC5CHB2PROD with NOTICES Interview Protocol for Local Agency Staff—Frontline Only ............................. Interview Protocol for Local Agency Staff—Ongoing Only .............................. Interview Protocol for Local Agency Staff—Frontline and Ongoing ................ Interview Protocol for Local Agency Medical Staff .......................................... Interview Protocol for Local Agency Director .................................................. Focus Group of Caregivers ............................................................................. Survey Instrument for Local Agency Staff—Form A General ......................... Survey Instrument for Local Agency—Form B General .................................. Survey Instrument for Local Agency Form B Differential Response .............. Survey Instrument for Service Providers ......................................................... Interview Protocol for Data Staff ...................................................................... ........................ ........................ ........................ 305 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 Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201, Attn: ACF Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: infocollection@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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Oct 19, 2017 Jkt 244001 comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. Mary Jones, ACF/OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–22716 Filed 10–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–25–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Head Start Child and Family Experiences Survey (FACES). OMB No.: 0970–0151. Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is proposing to collect data for a new round of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES). Featuring a ‘‘Modified Core Plus’’ Study design, FACES 2019 will provide data on a set of key indicators in Head Start Regions I–XI. While data collection for FACES 2019 will occur in Regions I–XI, there is a slightly different sample design and recruitment strategy for Regions I–X and Region XI (whose grants are awarded to tribal governments or consortiums of tribes). In fall 2019 and spring 2020, FACES will assess the school readiness skills of 2,400 Head Start children in Regions I– PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 X and 800 children in Region XI, survey their parents, and ask their Head Start teachers to rate children’s social and emotional skills. This sample will be drawn from 60 programs in Regions I– X and 22 programs in Region XI. In spring 2020 classroom observations of sampled programs will occur. In Regions I–X, the number of programs will increase from the 60 that are used to collect data on children’s school readiness outcomes to 180 for the purpose of conducting observations in 720 Head Start classrooms. In Region XI, the program sample will remain at 22, and approximately 80 Head Start classroom observations will take place. Program director, center director, and teacher surveys will also be conducted in spring 2020 in Regions I–XI. In spring 2022, program level data collection will be repeated in Regions I–X only. If any plus studies are conducted, they will be conducted within the Core sample. This notice is specific to the data collection activities needed to recruit Head Start programs and centers into FACES 2019. A future notice will provide information about data collection for the study. A nationally representative sample of Head Start programs and centers from Regions I–X and a representative sample of Head Start programs and centers from Region XI will be selected to participate in FACES 2019. From Regions I–X, the programs participating in the Core child-level data collection will be contacted and recruited for the study in spring 2019. In fall 2019, the remaining E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 48820 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 202 / Friday, October 20, 2017 / Notices programs participating in classroomlevel data collection will be contacted. All programs will be contacted a second time in fall 2021 to confirm their continued participation in the Core spring 2022 data collection. The programs from Region XI would be recruited a year earlier (i.e., spring 2018) given the increased amount of time to recruit programs in tribal communities and to obtain tribal council and/or tribal leadership approval. The method of data collection for recruitment of all programs will include telephone conversations with program directors and on-site coordinators who serve as liaisons between the FACES study team and the Head Start centers. In Region XI, an additional recruitment telephone call with tribal leadership/ tribal council will be required. All of these calls will inform program staff about the purpose of the study and will gather lists of centers in each program in order to compile the center sampling frame. The purpose of this data collection is to support the 2007 reauthorization of the Head Start program (Pub. L.110–134), which calls for periodic assessments of Head Start’s quality and effectiveness. Respondents: Head Start Program Directors and Staff, as well as tribal leadership. ANNUAL BURDEN ESTIMATES Total number of respondents Instrument srobinson on DSKBC5CHB2PROD with NOTICES Telephone script and recruitment information collection for program directors, Regions I–X ....................................... Telephone script and recruitment information collection for program directors, Region XI ........................................... Telephone script and recruitment information collection for on-site coordinators, Regions I–X .................................... Telephone script and recruitment information collection for on-site coordinators, Regions XI ...................................... Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 439. 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 Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: OPREinfocollection@ 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:22 Oct 19, 2017 Jkt 244001 Annual number of respondents Annual burden hours 77 3 1 231 30 10 2 1 20 230 77 3 .75 173 30 10 2 .75 15 Mary Jones, ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–22713 Filed 10–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4184–22–P DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES Administration for Children and Families Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request Title: Pre-testing of Evaluation Data Collection Activities. OMB No.: 0970–0355. Description: The Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) intends to request approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to renew a generic clearance to pre-test data collection instruments with more than nine participants to identify and resolve any question or procedural problems in survey administration. OPRE studies ACF programs, and the populations they serve, through rigorous research and evaluation projects. These include evaluations of existing programs, evaluations of innovative approaches to helping low-income children and families, research syntheses and descriptive and exploratory studies. To improve the Frm 00035 Average burden hours per response 230 comments and suggestions submitted within 60 days of this publication. PO 00000 Number of responses per respondent Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 development of its research and evaluation surveys, OPRE uses the pretesting of evaluation surveys generic clearance to employ a variety of techniques including cognitive and usability laboratory and field techniques, behavior coding, exploratory interviews, respondent debriefing questionnaires, split sample experiments, focus groups, and pilot studies/pre-tests. These activities allow OPRE to identify if and when a survey may be simplified for respondents, respondent burden may be reduced, and other possible improvements. Following standard OMB requirements, OPRE will submit a change request for each individual data collection activity under this generic clearance. Each request will include the individual instrument(s), a justification specific to the individual information collection, and any supplementary documents. OMB should review within 10 days of receiving each change request. The information collected in this effort will not be the primary subject of any published ACF reports; however, information may be made public through methodological appendices or footnotes, reports on instrument development, instrument user guides, descriptions of respondent behavior, and other publications or presentations describing findings of methodological interest. When necessary, results will be labeled as exploratory in nature. The results of this pre-testing research may be prepared for presentation at E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 202 (Friday, October 20, 2017)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22713]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Administration for Children and Families


Proposed Information Collection Activity; Comment Request

    Title: Head Start Child and Family Experiences Survey (FACES).
    OMB No.: 0970-0151.
    Description: The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation 
(OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department 
of Health and Human Services (HHS), is proposing to collect data for a 
new round of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey 
(FACES). Featuring a ``Modified Core Plus'' Study design, FACES 2019 
will provide data on a set of key indicators in Head Start Regions I-
XI. While data collection for FACES 2019 will occur in Regions I-XI, 
there is a slightly different sample design and recruitment strategy 
for Regions I-X and Region XI (whose grants are awarded to tribal 
governments or consortiums of tribes). In fall 2019 and spring 2020, 
FACES will assess the school readiness skills of 2,400 Head Start 
children in Regions I-X and 800 children in Region XI, survey their 
parents, and ask their Head Start teachers to rate children's social 
and emotional skills. This sample will be drawn from 60 programs in 
Regions I-X and 22 programs in Region XI. In spring 2020 classroom 
observations of sampled programs will occur. In Regions I-X, the number 
of programs will increase from the 60 that are used to collect data on 
children's school readiness outcomes to 180 for the purpose of 
conducting observations in 720 Head Start classrooms. In Region XI, the 
program sample will remain at 22, and approximately 80 Head Start 
classroom observations will take place. Program director, center 
director, and teacher surveys will also be conducted in spring 2020 in 
Regions I-XI. In spring 2022, program level data collection will be 
repeated in Regions I-X only. If any plus studies are conducted, they 
will be conducted within the Core sample.
    This notice is specific to the data collection activities needed to 
recruit Head Start programs and centers into FACES 2019. A future 
notice will provide information about data collection for the study. A 
nationally representative sample of Head Start programs and centers 
from Regions I-X and a representative sample of Head Start programs and 
centers from Region XI will be selected to participate in FACES 2019. 
From Regions I-X, the programs participating in the Core child-level 
data collection will be contacted and recruited for the study in spring 
2019. In fall 2019, the remaining

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programs participating in classroom-level data collection will be 
contacted. All programs will be contacted a second time in fall 2021 to 
confirm their continued participation in the Core spring 2022 data 
collection. The programs from Region XI would be recruited a year 
earlier (i.e., spring 2018) given the increased amount of time to 
recruit programs in tribal communities and to obtain tribal council 
and/or tribal leadership approval.
    The method of data collection for recruitment of all programs will 
include telephone conversations with program directors and on-site 
coordinators who serve as liaisons between the FACES study team and the 
Head Start centers. In Region XI, an additional recruitment telephone 
call with tribal leadership/tribal council will be required. All of 
these calls will inform program staff about the purpose of the study 
and will gather lists of centers in each program in order to compile 
the center sampling frame. The purpose of this data collection is to 
support the 2007 reauthorization of the Head Start program (Pub. L.110-
134), which calls for periodic assessments of Head Start's quality and 
effectiveness.
    Respondents: Head Start Program Directors and Staff, as well as 
tribal leadership.

                                             Annual Burden Estimates
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                                                                     Number of    Average burden
           Instrument              Total number    Annual number   responses per     hours per     Annual burden
                                  of respondents  of respondents    respondent       response          hours
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Telephone script and recruitment             230              77               3               1             231
 information collection for
 program directors, Regions I-X.
Telephone script and recruitment              30              10               2               1              20
 information collection for
 program directors, Region XI...
Telephone script and recruitment             230              77               3             .75             173
 information collection for on-
 site coordinators, Regions I-X.
Telephone script and recruitment              30              10               2             .75              15
 information collection for on-
 site coordinators, Regions XI..
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    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 439.
    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 
Planning, Research, and Evaluation, 330 C Street SW., Washington, DC 
20201, Attn: OPRE Reports Clearance Officer. Email address: 
OPREinfocollection@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.

Mary Jones,
ACF/OPRE Certifying Officer.
[FR Doc. 2017-22713 Filed 10-19-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4184-22-P