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Lin Van-Kim Bui, Maxwell Kelly, April 2021
Reports & Papers

This report aims to answer the following questions, summarize findings from analyses conducted in November 2019, highlight gaps in the available information on quality investments, and offer implications for future research. 1) What were states’…

Tout Kathryn, Friese Sarah, Starr Rebecca, Hirilall Ashley, September, 2018
Reports & Papers
This brief describes five metrics that can be used individually or in combination to support QRIS operations. The metrics cover QRIS eligibility, participation, ratings, density, and children served. Each metric can be calculated across a state or…
Tout Kathryn, Magnuson Katherine A., Lipscomb Shannon T., Karoly Lynn A., Starr Rebecca, Quick Heather, Early Diane Marie, Epstein Dale J., Joseph Gail E., Maxwell Kelly, Roberts Joanne, Swanson Chris, Wenner Jennifer, December, 2017
Literature Review

The purpose of this report is to compile and analyze findings from 10 validation studies examining ratings of early care and education (ECE) programs participating in state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The availability of recent…

Tout Kathryn, Magnuson Katherine A., Lipscomb Shannon T., Karoly Lynn A., Starr Rebecca, Quick Heather, Early Diane Marie, Epstein Dale J., Joseph Gail E., Maxwell Kelly, Roberts Joanne, Swanson Chris, Wenner Jennifer, December, 2017
Executive Summary
The purpose of this report is to compile and analyze findings from 10 validation studies examining ratings of early care and education (ECE) programs participating in state Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS). The availability of recent…
Tout Kathryn, Starr Rebecca, Wenner Jennifer, Hilty Rowan, December, 2016
Reports & Papers
Investments in the development or revision of state and local Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) for early care and education have increased in recent years, due in part to the Race to the Top - Early Learning Challenge (RTT-ELC) grants…
Dechausay Nadine, Anzelone Caitlin, September, 2016
Reports & Papers
The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project is the first major opportunity to use a behavioral economics lens to examine programs that serve poor and vulnerable families in the United States. Sponsored by the Office of…
Dechausay Nadine, Anzelone Caitlin, September, 2016
Executive Summary
The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project is the first major opportunity to use a behavioral economics lens to examine programs that serve poor and vulnerable families in the United States. Sponsored by the Office of…
Dechausay Nadine, Anzelone Caitlin, September, 2016
Fact Sheets & Briefs
The Behavioral Interventions to Advance Self-Sufficiency (BIAS) project is sponsored by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The…
Zaslow Martha, Tout Kathryn, October, 2014
Other
The purpose of the brief is to contribute to the next generation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) by reviewing and clarifying goals and outcomes along with the activities aimed at strengthening these, as well as the levels of…
Boller Kimberly, Tarrant Kate, Schaack Diana, June, 2014
Other
The purpose of this brief is to support continued innovation and inquiry in early care and education (ECE) quality improvement (QI) efforts by presenting an expanded range of QI alternatives in a novel framework. Despite an increased focus on QI at…
Friese Sarah, Tout Kathryn, Kirby Gretchen, June, 2014
Other

Collecting and using data are core activities in a well-functioning Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Yet, data used in a QRIS are frequently housed in different systems, using different data management techniques. Ensuring a high…

Weber Roberta B. (Bobbie), Iruka Iheoma U., June, 2014
Other
As a centerpiece of state early care and education (ECE) activities, Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) serve as an example of the how an effective ECE data system can support planning, operations, service delivery, monitoring and…
Tout Kathryn, Chien Nina C., Rothenberg Laura, Li Weilin, March, 2014
Reports & Papers
This Brief compares three hypothetical Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS) that use different rating structures: block, points, and hybrid. Because the quality standards in the hypothetical QRIS are held relatively constant across…
Friese Sarah, King Carlise, Tout Kathryn, December, 2013
Methods
The Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium (INQUIRE) Data Work Group was convened to address a request from stakeholders for information on building an effective data infrastructure to support activities including monitoring,…
Lahti Michel, Sabol Terri J., Starr Rebecca, Langill Carolyn Clawson, Tout Kathryn, October, 2013
Other
In a recent Brief produced through the Quality Initiatives Research and Evaluation Consortium--INQUIRE--Zellman and Fiene (2012) provide a framework for QRIS validation and examples of the activities that could be conducted as part of validation…