QRIS Stakeholder Theories of Change and Practice Models
The Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge (ELC) grant competition, state quality initiatives, and emerging science about the links between early childhood experiences and longer-term child outcomes, have prompted interest in how QRIS can be used to improve desired outcomes. This is also compounded by limited funding at finances for quality improvement. Thus, QRIS’ are being asked to show impact of efforts with limited funding, leading to QRIS leaders to better determine the active and effective ingredients of their systems, but more importantly the theories and logic behind these systems. Between late March 2015 and June 2015, the study authors—consisting of BUILD staff and consultants-- designed and conducted the study to study and document the different theories of change among states and localities that are designing and implementing QRIS with the goal of developing a series of composite “theories of change” that state and localities are employing in the design and implementation of QRIS.