Evaluation & Research

Evaluation & Research

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.

Research Spotlight: Get Started!—Resources on Using Evaluation for Continuous Improvement

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

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. 

The Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) Evaluation Toolkit

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).