Between the first and second survey (a time interval of 6-8 months), participating families could receive financial capability-building services through the UW-Extension in up to 3 forms (1) newsletters, (2) workshops, and (3) financial coaching. The same questions are asked on both the first and second survey so that we can compare any changes in financial practices, knowledge, and confidence that might have occurred during the school year. These comparisons will give us insight into which, if any, of this financial information and support has been useful for families.
This Money Start for Head Start Financial Post Survey financial survey in Spanish) should be distributed near the end of the school year either through direct mail or through Head Start staff to families who completed a baseline survey and participated in financial literacy activities. UW-Extension staff mark each survey with the families’ unique code so that baseline and follow-up responses can be matched while protecting each individual’s privacy. (The previous longer Follow Up Survey used to collect initial data on this project is still available, but has now been replaced with the shorter survey.)
Edit the survey for correct dates and any incentives provided. It’s also helpful to send out a postcard a few weeks before mailing this survey to encourage participants to be on the lookout for the second survey.