The 2016-17 Google Sheet for recording progress in implementing the Computers in Homes programme during the 2016-17 financial year has now been loaded and should be visible to authorised coordinators in your Google Drive. One key change discussed earlier in this forum is the switch in the order of the first and last name of participants; the first name now comes first (column B), followed by last name (column C), so be alert to this change. Column D, which previously was a hidden field, has been changed to record the birth date of participants. Coordinators have already been capturing the birth date for internet sign ups but we now need to do this for all participants (this is a requirement in our new contract with the Ministry of Education). Di will be updating the family agreement form to include this data. The Ministry has also asked us to capture the names and birth dates of the children in families participating in Computers in Homes, so this will be another change in the new family agreement form. Rather than expand the Google Sheet to record the children’s information we are proposing to use a new database with an increased level of security to protect the privacy of Computers in Homes children. In the meantime, coordinators must retain a copy of the family agreements with the new details.
Note also that the Rejuvenation section of the Google Sheets has been replaced with “Office Use Only” fields. This change will also be applied retrospectively to the 2015-16 Google Sheet as the new Research approach with a random sample of families takes effect.