Child Outcomes Summary Process/COSF

Parts B and C Data Meeting

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI International and Lynne Kahn, ECO at at FPG/UNC

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presentations describe what the ECO Center has learned from the state APRs/SPPs submitted in 2007, and issues to consider in coming year(s). Also presents issues of quality data as related to the COSF, and illustrates what is happening around the country promoting high-quality data.

Pacific TA Meeting: Quality Practices in Early Intervention and Preschool Programs

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

ECO staff

Year: 
2011
Abstract: 

Intended for Part C and Part B, Section 619 staff (including administrators, teachers, and providers) who work in the pacific jurisdictions, this TA meeting provided opportunities for participants to gain knowledge and skills related to quality practices in early intervention and preschool. The agenda included developing high quality IFSPs/IEPs, collecting and reporting child outcomes data, approaches to service delivery, and transition.

Overview of ENHANCE: Research Underway on the Validity of the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF)

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lauren Barton and Donna Spiker (ECO at SRI)

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2010 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Are COSF data valid and reliable? This session provided an overview of a research project underway to investigate the validity of the COSF. Plans for using information learned to provide better guidance about the COSF and implementing the COSF process were shared. The group discussed the kinds of validity information needed by States and specific content that might be important to investigate further in the studies.

New Training Activities and Resources for Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) Users

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Norman Allard (NC 619), Robin Rooney (NECTAC and ECO at UNC/FPG), and Naomi Younggren (Dept of Defense Part C)

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2010 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

New activities and resources target reliable and valid ratings through written child examples, tools for gathering, understanding, and age-anchoring€™ children's functional skills, as well as different ways to conceptualize, describe, and document each of the ratings on the seven-point scale. This presentation included a demonstration of these tools, and provided an opportunity for participants to discuss any new COSF resources programs are using, and helped identify next steps for professional development in the use of the COSF.

National Data on Child and Family Outcomes: Why? How? What Next?

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler and Lauren Barton, ECO at SRI International; Lynne Kahn, ECO at FPG/UNC; Charles Greenwood and Dale Walker, ECO at The University of Kansas

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 23rd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families. This presentation provides an overview of the OSEP child and family outcomes requirements, illustrates how the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) can be used to address the child outcomes requirements, and answers questions regarding validity and reliability. Also presents data on the work being conducted by states regarding child and family outcomes measurement. 

Moving Forward with Professional Development in Early Childhood Outcomes

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Norman Allard (NC 619), Ted Burke (IL Part C), Trish Mengel (NC 619), Pam Reising-Rechner (IL 619), and Nancy Skorheim (ND 619)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

New products and processes from three states using the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process. Presenters from North Carolina shared a written child example used in training for differentiating among the three outcomes and matching skills and behaviors with age expectations. Participants learned about North Dakota's guidance document for measuring child outcomes, as well as the training that accompanies the document. Presenters from Illinois shared videos that demonstrate the integration of the IFSP and Child Outcomes Summary (COS) processes.

Local COSF Implementation: Journeys toward an Emerald Outcomes System

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Sandi Harrington, Donna Nylander, and Naomi Younggren

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Hear how three programs are integrating IFSP/IEP and Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) measurement processes. Presenters shared changes their early intervention/preschool programs have made in assessment and IFSP/IEP development practices to align them with outcomes measurement. Presenters also described implementation issues (challenges and solutions), presented implementation tools used by these programs, and shared quality assurance strategies that have helped these programs integrate outcomes measurement into their existing IFSP/IEP processes.

Local Benefits of Implementing Child Outcomes Data Collection

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Saundra Harrington (VA Part C), Teresa Rivenes (MT Part C), and Carol Trillia (UT Part C)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Three local program staff shared their experiences of implementing the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF). Each described their stories about how they are collecting data, the struggles they have encountered, and the improvements they have seen in practices.

Issues and Strategies for Including Families in the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) Process

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lisa Balivet (AK Part C) and Jan Skoby (NH Part C)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Two states shared information about how families were involved in the development of their child outcomes measurement systems. Each shared strategies they have used to inform and include families in the process of collecting data using the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) process, as well as what they have learned so far from feedback and data about involving families in the process.

Inquiring Families Want to Know: Engaging Families in the Outcomes Rating Process

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Jennifer Barrett Zitkus, Shannon Dunstan, Kathi Gillaspy, Pam Miller, Judy Swett, and Jennifer Zielinski 

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2012 Measuring and Improving Child and Family Outcomes Conference. The Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process is designed to be a team process, which includes the family of the child with a disability. Talking with and informing families about all the aspects of the early intervention and/or early childhood special education process is a marker of quality, and is absolutely essential for both individual child planning and accurate child outcomes measurement. This session addressed why the conversations with families are so critical. Four states shared their professional development methods designed to enhance both providers' and families' understanding of the COS process and their capacity to participate fully in rating discussions.

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