Using Data for Program Improvement

Validity of the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) Process: Updates from the ENHANCE Project

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lauren Barton (DaSy, ECO), Cornelia Taylor (DaSy, ECO), Donna Spiker (DaSy, ECO)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. Find out the latest about the validity and reliability of ratings using the Child Outcomes Summary (COS) process from the ENHANCE project. Examine preliminary findings from the child assessments study and consider implications for relationships between COS ratings and scores on other assessments. Updates from other ENHANCE studies, lessons learned from work with local programs, and ideas about activities individual states can undertake to examine the validity and reliability of COS data were also discussed.

Perspectives from Implementation Science: Implications, Tools and Resources for Systems Change and Improving Services

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Joicey Hurth (ECTA, NERRC), Kathy Whaley (ECTA ), Oscar Fleming (NIRN)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. This session explored how the science and practice of implementation can strengthen system capacity for changes in infrastructure and program practices. Investing in building the supports for adopting any evidence-based practice will also lead to improved capacity for change. An overview of the existing national resources was shared. Participants discussed how their change initiatives may be strengthened by lessons learned from implementation science and practice.

More than Referral: Linkages between Early Intervention and Child Welfare Data and Improved Child Outcomes

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Taletha Derrington (DaSy), Bruce Sheppard (EI/ECSCE Specialist), Ardith Ferguson (CO Part C Coordinator), Christy Scott, Kenneth Smith

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. Ten years ago states were federally mandated to develop referral policies for maltreated children. Although the mandate focuses on referral, the intent was to improve these children's outcomes. This interactive session presented implementation issues and their implications for state IDEA data systems. Panelists from three states described their states' linkages and discussed how implementation issues have been addressed and how linkages have been (or could be) used to improve child outcomes.

Expanding the National Tool Box for Measuring Part C Participation Rates: Feasibility and Utility of the Birth Cohort Methodology

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Donna Noyes (ITCA, NY Part C Coordinator), Maureen Greer (ITCA, Emerald Consulting, DaSy ), Lynne MacLeod (ITCA, UT Part C Data Manager)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. Part C single-day and cumulative child counts, as specified in Section 618 of the IDEA, do not provide a complete picture of the number of children birth through age two who are referred to, evaluated for, and receive early intervention services. The Infant and Toddler Coordinators (ITCA) Data Committee presented progress in its examination of the viability of using a birth cohort methodology as another measure of Part C participation and solicited feedback from attendees.

The Role of Data in Improvement Planning

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Penny Geiger (FL Part C Coordinator), Mark Sharp (OK Part C Coordinator), Catherine Goodwin (TN Part C Monitoring Coordinator), Anne Lucas (ECTA, WRRC), Bruce Bull (DaSy)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. States are beginning to think about how they might address improvement planning as part of Results-Driven Accountability. IDEA Data Managers will play a key role in this process. Gathering, linking, disaggregating, and analyzing data; validating child, family, and student outcomes, and developing improvement activities are challenging even with a fully functional IDEA data system. In this session, particpants listened, discussed, and suggested ideas on using data for the improvement planning process.

Investing in High Quality Early Learning Opportunities for ALL Children

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Libby Doggett (Office of Early Learning, U.S. Department of Education), Michael Yudin (OSEP), Christina Kasprzak (ECTA, DaSy, EC

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference.

Assistant Secretary for the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, Michael Yudin, discussed OSEP's early childhood investments and the integration of IDEA Part C/619 throughout the Administration's vision to strengthen state efforts to raise the bar across early learning programs and to close the school readiness gap for all young children with disabilities.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Early Learning, Libby Doggett, discussed the President's proposed Preschool for All, a new Early Head Start-child care initiative, and significant increases in funding for home visiting.

Co-Director of the ECTA Center and staff on the ECO Center, Christina Kasprzak, presented the national picture of Part C and Section 619 programs' 2011-12 child and family outcomes data and discuss trends over the last several years related to the quality of state data and the progress children are making while in early intervention and preschool special education.

All presenters discussed the important role data and accountability will play in maintaining and growing these important investments in early learning programs to improve outcomes for all infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children.

Planful Changes: Using Self-Assessments to Improve Child and Family Outcome Measurement Systems

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lauren Barton (DaSy, ECO), Melissa Raspa (ECO)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. Developed by the ECO Center and several partner states, two self-assessments provide frameworks for states to examine and improve their systems for measuring child outcomes and family outcomes and experiences. The session described the self-assessments and how states are using them for planning and systems improvement. The session targeted those who are not familiar with the frameworks, but all were welcome to learn about the content and uses of these resources.

Not Everything That Counts Can Be Counted: A Continuing Conversation on Collecting and Using Indicator B6 Educational Environments Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Debbie Cate (ECTA, NCELN), Kimberly Mitchell (OSEP), Mary Peters (DaSy, ECTA)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. To make data-informed decisions we need data sources that are individually meaningful, useful for mandated reporting, and coordinated with other data sources. This session focused on Educational Environments data for preschool aged children and Indicator B6 APR reporting. Participants had an opportunity to discuss data collection methods, related strengths, challenges, and strategies for how these data can be used to improve service delivery to children and families.

Key Fiscal Tools and Indicators to Include in Early Childhood Data Collections

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Ron Benham (MA Part C Coordinator), Maureen Greer (ITCA, DaSy, Emerald Consulting), Jamie Kilpatrick (DaSy, Public Consulting Group)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. This session provided an overview on the types of finance data that states should be collecting for short-term planning and long-term projections as well as alternatives for collecting such finance data. The presenters detailed the importance of creating linkages between finance data to other service planning and service delivery data in order to answer increasingly more detailed accountability questions.

Essentials of Data-Based Action: Getting Data Out of Your Data System (so you can use it)

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Missy Cochenour (DaSy, SLDS, CEDS), Jeff Sellers (DaSy, SLDS)

Year: 
2013
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2013 Improving Data, Improving Outcomes Conference. This session described the importance of using data to inform decision-making. Principles of data use were broken out into three main categories: planning for who the users are, creating the tools and reports for those users, and how to support the state's long-term data use needs.

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