Child Outcomes Summary Process/COSF

Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference (2014)

Type: 
ECO Conference
Year: 
2014
Abstract: 
The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), along with the IDEA Data Center (IDC) and the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, hosted the national meeting Improving Data, Improving Outcomes in New Orleans, LA on September 8 - 10, 2014. The meeting combined issues related to the development or enhancement of Part C, Section 619, and/or coordinated early childhood data systems; improvement of data quality; and the measurement and use of child and family outcomes data in order to make data informed decisions. National frameworks and products and states' experiences and resources for improving data systems and systems of services were highlighted.

Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference (2016)

Type: 
ECO Conference
Year: 
2016
Abstract: 
Who is sponsoring the meeting? The 2016 Conference on Improving Data, Improving Outcomes was sponsored by The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy), in collaboration with the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center, the IDEA Data Center (IDC), and the National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) in New Orleans, LA on August 15-17 , 2016; with preconference activities beginning August 13. The meeting combined issues related to the development or enhancement of Part C, Section 619, and/or coordinated early childhood data systems; improvement of data quality; and the measurement and use of child and family outcomes data in order to make data informed decisions. National frameworks and products and states' experiences and resources for improving data systems and systems of services were highlighted.

National Child Outcomes Data Webinar 2013-14

Type: 
Webinar
Author/Presenter: 
ECTA Outcomes Team
Year: 
2014
Abstract: 
Outcomes staff presented findings from the latest national data, including data quality issues with the child outcomes data, completeness of data issues, state to state variation, and what the data looks like over time.

COS Process Online Module: Collecting & Using Data to Improve Programs

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 
Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center Staff and The Center for IDEA Early Childhood Data Systems (DaSy) staff
Year: 
2015
Abstract: 
This online learning module from ECTA Center and DaSy provides key information about the COS process, and the practices that contribute to consistent and meaningful COS decision-making. Over the course of multiple sessions, participants will learn about:
  • why child outcomes data are collected;
  • the key features of the COS process;
  • the essential knowledge needed to complete the COS process;
  • how the three child outcomes are measured through the process;
  • how to identify accurate COS ratings using a team-based process;
  • the importance of comparing children’s current functional performance to age-expected functioning;
  • when and how to measure progress in the three child outcome areas; and
  • how to document ratings and evidence to support those ratings in COS documentation.
Sessions currently available include:
  • Session 1: So What's This All About?
  • Session 2: Overview of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 3: Essential Knowledge for Completing the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process
  • Session 4: The 7-Point Scale
  • Session 5: Determining a Rating
  • Session 6: Good Teaming, Good Decisions
  • Session 7: Documenting the COS Rating
  • First posted May, 2015. Updated as new sessions completed.

AOTA Pediatric Virtual Chat on Early Childhood Outcomes

Type: 
Webinar
Author/Presenter: 
American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), with speakers from ECTA, South Carolina Part C, and University of Illinois at Chicago.
Year: 
2015
Abstract: 
ECTA Center Director Christina Kasprzak and Anne Lucas were featured in a podcast for AOTA members in June about measuring and reporting child outcomes and specifically how occupational therapists (and others) can be involved in the child outcomes measurement process.

COS Form Quality Review Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Small groups review completed documentation for the COS process and identify possible errors. Large group debrief of possible errors identified in the sample documentation. Examples of documentation are available for infant-toddler or preschool age children.

Quality Review of Family Participation Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Trainer describes the importance of family participation in the COS team discussion. Then, participants watch a video clip of a COS team and review the quality family participation based on the questions on the worksheet.

Quality Review of COS Team Discussion Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Trainer describes indicators of a quality COS team discussion. Then, participants watch a video clip of a COS team and review the quality of that team discussion.

Small Group COS Practice Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Participants work in small groups. One individual in the group shares information about a child with whom s/he works. The group discusses the child's functioning in the three outcome areas and together they decide on COS ratings.

Written Child Example- Ava at 40 Months Activity

Type: 
Training Resource
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Small groups read a child example, discuss assessment information, and decide on COS ratings. Debrief as a large group, discussing the ratings and rationale, including the suggested ratings and rationale from the ECO center, and team process.

(some materials revised 2012)
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