Effectively Using QRIS Data and Research to Inform Program Design and Management:
This webinar presented by Mathematica’s Center for Improving Research Evidence (CIRE) examined Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRISs). Most states are already operating or developing QRISs, and federal investments and support are encouraging these efforts. The webinar provided the federal and state context for QRIS data needs and highlighted a new resource—the Quality Rating and Improvement System Evaluation Toolkit developed by Mathematica and Child Trends staff. The toolkit provides step-by-step instructions for assessing how QRISs work and measuring their effects. A state child care administrator shared lessons from working with the state research team to design evaluations and data systems that collect policy-relevant performance data and manage and improve QRISs.