Consent Form and Baseline Survey

The goal of this financial research project is to find out if setting goals and having access to financial literacy information can help improve financial outcomes. As part of this project, UW-Extension gathers survey information from Head Start families who agree to participate. A baseline survey is given out in fall, and a second follow-up survey is given out in spring.

UW-Extension staff gives each survey a code, then removes the contact information from the survey so that an individual’s responses will not be matched with their name or address. Extension then enters information from the coded survey into a confidential database.  Contact Peggy Olive for more information on coding and recording the surveys.

Here is the Pre Survey and Contact Info form info letter and pre survey in Spanish) that should be used for Head Start families. (Edit for correct dates when you are ready to hand it out.)  The longer version of the Consent Form and Pre Survey  were used to collect initial data on this project, but have now been replaced with the short-form.

Surveys can be distributed to families in a variety of ways. In general, having personal contact with each household is helpful for explaining the project and ensuring that surveys are completed.

  • Surveys could be sent home with children or mailed directly to the home.
  • Head Start staff could distribute surveys during home or classroom visits with parents. This Head Start staff survey checklist may be used by the Head Start staff when sharing the survey with families.
  • UW-Extension staff could ask families to complete a survey at a family night or open house.