Child Outcomes Summary Process/COSF

How do you know that I know what a COSF rating means?

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Janna Gregory, Iandia Morgan, Donna Noyes, and Robin Rooney

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Designed for states using the Child Outcomes Sumary Form (COSF), this session addressed the need for quality assurance activities that demonstrate the users' knowledge of the 7-point rating scale. The session addressed frequently asked questions about writing evidence to support the rating, such as, "How much is too little? How much is too much?" Presenters shared strategies for documenting the COSF rating and reviewing COSF supporting evidence for quality assurance purposes.

Got Data? A Workshop on Early Childhood Outcomes

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI International; Robin Rooney, ECO at FPG/UNC; and Christina Kasprzak, ECO at FPG/UNC

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Held in Edwardsville, IL and Chicago, IL. This two-day training provided a review of child outcomes measurement and data collection using the COSF. The training also introduced strategies for assuring the quality of COSF data and ways to analyze and use outcome data for program improvement.

Getting the Tools You Need for Data-Informed Program Improvement

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Cornelia Taylor and Kathy Hebbeler (ECO at SRI)

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Held at the 2009 OSEP National Early Childhood Conference and hosted by the ECO Center, this data workshop focused on current issues and challenges related to analyzing child outcomes data and addressed data analysis for program improvement and included opportunities for hands-on data analysis by participants using data templates. Data templates were provided for states using the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) as well as for states using other assessments for outcomes reporting.

Getting Better All the Time: Assuring the Quality of COSF Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Jane Atuk (AK Part C), Lisa Backer (MN Birth-5), and Andy Gomm (NM Part C)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

In this session, three states shared the strategies they are implementing to assure the quality of the child outcomes data they have been collecting using the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF), including a review of forms by state staff, a process for reviewing aggregate data by local programs/LEAs, a suggested process for locals to review their own forms, and a survey of providers. A facilitated discussion provided plenty of opportunity for exploring the details of implementing quality assurance strategies and sharing among participants.

Early Childhood Outcomes: A Discussion of Professional Development Strategies and Lessons Learned

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kim Carlson, Debbie Cate, and Lesly Wilson

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Lessons learned from implementing the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) in Ohio, South Carolina, and Tennessee were shared. The session included a discussion about strategies for professional development and the challenges and benefits encountered.

Do You See What I See? Assuring Fidelity of COS Implementation

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Mary Beth Bruder and Ruth Chvojicek 

Year: 
2011
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2011 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference. Presenters discussed techniques for improving data quality through assuring that programs are implementing the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process with fidelity. Wisconsin shared how the state is using a fidelity self-assessment to work with programs to help them reflect and improve on COS implementation. The ECO Center described and solicited input on a planned new online process to verify provider proficiency with the COS process and rating scale.

Child Outcome Measurement: Practices at the Local Level

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Linda Borghols (AK Part C), Keri Bowers (Charleston County School District, SC), Norma Donaldson-Jenkins (SC 619), and Amanda Faulkner (Frontier Community Services, AK)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

In this session, local providers for Part C-Alaska and 619-South Carolina described the challenges they face implementing the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) process, as well as the benefits they perceive for children, families, and systems. They also shared implementation strategies, such as developing training resources, how to talk with families about the outcomes, and opportunities for collaboration across Part C and Part B.

Assuring the Quality of Data from the Child Outcomes Summary Form

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Carolee Eslinger and Carrie Mori (ID Part C), Charles Greenwood and Dale Walker (ECO at KU), Margy Hornback (KS Birth-5), Ted Maloney and Erica Peterson (MT Part C), and Wendy Whipple (NV Part C)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

This session addressed quality assurance activities in four states using the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF). Presenters described their state's approach to COSF quality assurance and the activities they conduct, such as data verification, record review, and observation of the team process. They also discussed efforts to improve data quality as a result of quality assurance findings.

Analyzing Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Charles Greenwood (ECO at KU), Margy Hornback (KS Birth-5), and Marybeth Wells (ID 619)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Presenters described how COSF data were analyzed in two states and share early findings. They discussed what the results may mean, in terms of validating the states'€™ data collection and reporting approach, as well as further questions to explore based on these first data analysis efforts.

Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Forms

Type: 
ECO Tools
Author/Presenter: 

ECO Staff

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

In 2005, ECO created the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process as a way for states to summarize data on children for federal reporting purposes. States use the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Form to document children's functioning in three outcome areas. Starting in 2011, the ECO Center began using the term "Child Outcomes Summary <em>Process</em>" (rather than the Child Outcomes Summary Form or COSF) to emphasize that this measurement approach is a team process, not just a form. Our website still reflects both terms (COSF and COS) as we are currently revising our web pages and materials to reflect the change to the COS process.

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