How do you track school attendance and missed work days?
27 May 2015 - 3:10pm
This data is tracked both by family member survey and school system data. In our current Healthy Homes technical Study, the outside evaluation of school data is being conducted by the university of Baltimore as well as by the UMBC Hilltop Center.
We are just beginning to track school attendance through a local project called "seeding success" whereby, with informed consent of our parents, we receive the official record of attendance for each child over the past several years. This process does not specify the reason for the absence, but is official data. We are in the process of accessing this data now.
27 May 2015 - 3:12pm
How do you deal with asking people about missed school when the six month timeframe includes all the summer vacation months?
27 May 2015 - 3:17pm
We accomodate for summer or holidays in our analysis.
27 May 2015 - 3:19pm
How do you do that?
27 May 2015 - 3:24pm
That is done by algorithm through data analysis by our actuarial and evaluation teams. Independent from us.
27 May 2015 - 3:35pm
When I ran statistics for the Lung Association in New York, I modified event data by the number of available school days in a month to calculate rates. If no school days, no data, if holidays (e.g. December), fewer days in denominator, etc.
27 May 2015 - 3:45pm
Yes, that approach is probably the best one can do. Thanks.