State Approaches to Measuring Outcomes

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.

Latest Developments in Accountability for General Early Childhood Programs

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Jim Lesko and Tom Schultz

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

This session explored the connection between state early childhood standards, assessment frameworks and state-system development. Recommendations and practices were discussed that address linking state accountability systems with early childhood standards-based assessment efforts. Examples from states implementing connections across systems were provided.

Issues and Strategies for Measuring Outcomes for Children with Speech-Only Eligibility

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Larry Edelman (JFK Partners CO), Jim Lesko (DE 619), Sharon Ringwalt (NECTAC), and Patricia Salcedo (CA 619(

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference. Two states shared their experiences as they faced issues around collecting and reporting child outcomes data for children with "Speech- Only" eligibility.

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.

Is Your Family Survey Data Representative?

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lynne Kahn and Anne Lucas (The ECO Center)

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

In this session, participants gained an understanding of the variation in the population states are surveying, what criteria states are using to determine representativeness, and what data they are using for the analysis. Participants also had an opportunity to use sample data to explore whether or not family survey response data and representative of the population depending on various survey distribution methods. Participants identified issues related to representativeness through analyses of the data and discuss potential improvement activities.

Integrating Accountability Efforts across Early Childhood Programs

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Patricia Cameron (MA 619) and Beth Rous (KY Birth-5)

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

In this facilitated discussion from the 2007 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference, two states shared their experiences and lead participants in a discussion of the challenges and considerations in developing collaborative and integrated accountability strategies across multiple early childhood programs in states.

Helping Local Administrators and Providers Analyze and Use Their Outcome Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Jane Atuk, Lisa Backer, Fauna Hubble, and Lisa Balivet

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

In this session, two states shared how they are preparing for local programs to use their child outcomes data to improve local Part C and 619 Services and results for children and families. Alaska shared how their data system is designed to assist local EI programs in reporting, understanding, and eventually using their data for program improvements. Minnesota shared their activities to support local leadership in conducting simple analyses for the purpose of pattern checking the quality of ECSE data.

Great Expectations: Practice and Policy for Developing a Quality Outcomes Assessment System- A Tale of Two States

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Meredith Cathcart (CA 619), Ruth Chvojicek (WI Birth-5), Larry Edelman (Univ of Colorado-Denver), Anne Kuschner (CA 619), Mary McLean (Univ of WI-Milwaukee), Mary Peters (WI 619), Patricia Salcedo (CA 619), and Lori Witteman (WI Part C)

Year: 
2008
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2008 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

In this session, presenters representing two states (Wisconsin and California) shared an overview of their outcomes assessment systems. Key policies and practices from these states that support the development of quality assessment systems were shared with the audience (e.g. developing a collaborative system with families and service providers, developing a quality assessment system that incorporates authentic, ongoing assessment, etc).

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.

From Print Shop to Print: Moving from Building a Longitudinal Data System to Reporting Your Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Elizabeth Laird and Nick Ortiz

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

This session provided an overview of the Data Quality Campaign's experiences with longitudinal data and implications in shaping work in early childhood. A powerful approach to reporting/presenting longitudinal child outcomes data was illustrated by one state. Embedded in the presentations were strategies to communicate and promote use of longitudinal data for effective decision making.

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