Quality Assurance

Monitoring Child Outcomes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

Type: 
Conference Session
Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Incorporating child outcomes into the states' General Supervision System is an important activity for states to ensure both the completion and quality of child outcomes ratings. Two states shared the steps they have taken to integrate child outcomes into their monitoring activities and identify additional future activities.

Looking for Patterns in Child Outcomes Data: An Introductory Workshop on How to Examine Data for Red Flags

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lauren Barton (ECO at SRI), Donna Noyes (NY Part C), and Cornelia Taylor (ECO at SRI)

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2010 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

The introductory workshop gave examples of different formats for looking at data, and participants discussed what patterns would be expected in high quality data. A representative from New York described her state'€™s experiences with analyzing patterns in their child outcomes data as a step in quality assurance and share examples from their findings. Participants worked with sample data in small groups to look for patterns, identify red flags, and determined whether additional analysis or quality assurance activities might be appropriate.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Assuring the Quality of Child Assessment Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Cornelia Bruckner, Meredith Cathcart, and Patricia Salcedo (CA 619), and Susan Smith (CO 619)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

Presenters discussed strategies and systems for assuring quality assessment data through training and TA, as well as data validation. Training and TA strategies include, for example, a consistent message to personnel through well-developed training modules and standards for trainers delivering professional development. For data validation, strategies include mechanisms in the data system to identify missing data and contradictory responses.

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