Evaluation & Research
The Preschool Program Quality Assurance System Discussion Guide is designed to facilitate policymakers’ review of their state’s Preschool Program Quality Assurance Systems (PPQAS). The discussion guide includes two frameworks to inform the critical analysis of the state’s current system.
This annotated bibliography identifies selected resources to assist states in assessing their current continuous quality improvement process for preschool programs as they expand services to increase access to high quality programs. (Annotated Bibliography)
Measuring Predictors of Quality in Early Care and Education Settings in the National Survey of Early Care and Education
This methodological report describes how selected predictors of quality can be measured using data from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). The report also provides descriptive data for each of the selected predictors of quality.
Observational tools are used in QRIS to measure features of process quality in early care and education (ECE) programs. This fact sheet provides a descriptive analysis of how observational tools are being incorporated across all currently operating QRIS in states and localities
Under the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007, local Head Start and Early Head Start grantees are formally required to develop school readiness goals and evaluate children's progress toward these goals.
Reviewing and Clarifying Goals, Outcomes and Levels of Implementation: Toward the Next Generation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)
This brief, based on a keynote speech delivered by Martha Zaslow at BUILD Initiative’s 2013 Annual QRIS National Meeting, reviews and updates our understanding of goals and outcomes of QRIS, in order to work toward the next generation of QRIS. The brief articulates a framework that can support design, revision, validation, and evaluation of QRIS and serves as the introduction to a forthcoming product from the Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) supported by OPRE that will articulate the framework’s components in more detail.
Having the right information available at the right time goes a long way toward helping organizations improve their program performance and meet their goals. Continuous improvement denotes a shift from thinking about evaluation as a one-time effort to assess the effectiveness of a completed program to treating evaluation as a continuous learning process that provides programs data to show whether and how they are delivering value to their community over time.
Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS): Examples from Four States demonstrates how different states (Indiana, Maine, Minnesota and Virginia) have approached QRIS validation, compares findings, and highlights challenges in designing and conducting QRIS validation studies. This brief was produced as part of the Child Care and Early Education Policy and Research Analysis and Technical Expertise Project.
Validation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-Age Care
Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education and school age care programs are designed to collect information about quality and to use that information to produce program-level ratings, which are the foundation of a QRIS.
The use of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs) is continually expanding across the country; in 2010, there were 25 states operating or piloting QRISs and now nearly every other state is planning to or has already begun developing a QRIS or another quality improvement (QI) initiative (Tout, Starr, Soli, Moodie, Kirby, and Boller 2010; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010b).