Effective Evaluation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-Age Care

The purpose of this document is to encourage high-quality QRIS evaluations by providing timely information on evaluation options to those who may be in positions to authorize, finance, design, and refine QRISs and other quality improvement efforts, including state child care administrators, legislators, and other potential funders. This brief presents basic evaluation concepts, useful tools for determining the appropriate design and timing of an evaluation, and evaluation references and resources for those who wish to learn more.