Researchers sought to identify how quality and improvement systems in early child care and education could best be evaluated.
Researchers identified basic evaluation concepts, useful tools for determining the appropriate design and timing of an evaluation, and evaluation references and resources for those who in positions to authorize, finance, design, and refine quality rating and improvement systems and other quality improvement efforts. Researchers found that the development and testing of a logical model is an essential starting point.
Report Title: Effective Evaluation of Quality Rating and Improvement Systems for Early Care and Education and School-Age Care http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/cc/childcare_technical/reports/quality_rating.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, 202-690-7885
Performer: Rand Corporation
Record ID: 9776 (Report completed June 15, 2011)