Using Data for Program Improvement

Progress developing the Kansas Early Childhood Special Education Accountability System: Initial findings using the ECO Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF)

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

Greenwood, C. R., Walker, D., Hornback, M., Nelson, C., Hebbeler, K., & Spiker, D. (2007). Progress developing the Kansas Early Childhood Special Education Accountability System: Initial findings using the ECO Child Outcome Summary Form (COSF). Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 27 (1), 2-18.

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Policy decision makers, early educators, and early interventionists face numerous challenges as they develop and implement statewide accountability systems to evaluate and improve children's early intervention and early childhood special education outcomes. Kansas was an early adopter of the Child Outcomes Summary Form (COSF) developed by the Early Childhood Outcomes Center; this article describes the Kansas experience and discusses preliminary findings and implications.

Part C Family Survey Guide

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

Mid-South Regional Resource Center (MSRRC)

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

This guide was developed to assist states in developing improvement activities using their parent survey data in response to Indicator 4 of the Part C State Performance Plan (SPP). The purpose of the guide is to help states use the findings of their surveys to improve services, no matter what survey instrument is used (e.g., NCSEAM, state-developed, or ECO). The intent is to answer the questions, "What do the results mean?" and "How can we use this information to improve services?"

ECO Suggestions for Updating SPP Child Outcome Indicator Part C due February 2008

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

The ECO Center

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Embedded within this sample SPP reporting form are suggestions for how states might document any changes in their outcome measurement systems since the February 2007 SPP, and how to describe their current approach toward meeting OSEP's Part C child outcome reporting requirements.

ECO Suggestions for Updating SPP Child Outcome Indicator Part B due February 2008

Type: 
Paper/Report
Author/Presenter: 

The Early Childhood Outcomes Center 

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Embedded within this sample SPP reporting form are suggestions for how states might document any changes in their outcome measurement systems since the February 2007 SPP, and how to describe their current approach toward meeting OSEP's Part B/619 child outcome reporting requirements.

Where in the World Are We Going? Developing and Evaluating Improvement Activities for the Child Outcomes Indicators

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Carol Ayres, Ann Bailey, Ruth Chvojicek, and Christina Kasprzak

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

In this session, presenters discussed ideas about developing and evaluating improvement activities for the child outcomes indicators (C3/B7). Staff from the ECO Center and NCRRC provided general guidance related to designing appropriate activities and later evaluating the effectiveness of those activities. Presenters from two states shared information about their processes for determining improvement activities and some of the tools they have used for rating the quality of activities, assessing the fidelity of TA and of the local implementation process, and determining the overall impact of improvement activities on the indicator.

What do the Numbers Mean? Making Sense out of Outcome Data

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, ECO at SRI 

Year: 
2007
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2007 Results Matter State Conference. Provides information on how to transform assessment information into child outcome data that can be used for federal reporting and program improvement. 

Welcome and Overview to the 2012 Conference

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Kathy Hebbeler, Lynne Kahn, Christy Kavulic, Meredith Miceli, Rhonda Spence, and Michael K. Yudin 

Year: 
2012
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2012 Measuring and Improving Child and Family Outcomes Conference. As part of the opening address, presenters shared some background information and insights in their outcomes work.

Using the Child Outcomes Measurement System (COMS) Self-Assessment Tool for State Planning and Action

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Lauren Barton, Kathy Hebbeler, and Ruth Littlefield 

Year: 
2011
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2011 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference. This session was intended to assist states in using the COMS Self-Assessment Tool, a tool developed as a resource for states to guide outcomes measurement systems improvement activities. New Hampshire described the process they followed to help identify their planning priorities and activities to improve their measurement system. Session participants conducted activities in small groups to explore potential ways of using the tool and reflected on how the tool might be used in their states to improve how data are collected and used.

Using Family Survey Data for Program Improvement

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Don Bailey, Jim Henson, Melissa Raspa, Pam Roush, and Maureen Sullivan

Year: 
2009
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2009 Measuring Child and Family Outcomes Conference.

This session shared guidance materials and offered suggestions for analyzing and using family survey data collected with a variety of different approaches for program improvement. Presenters from West Virginia and Vermont highlighted how they have begun using family survey data for program improvement and discuss lessons learned and suggestions to address the challenges that they have encountered.

Using Early Childhood Outcomes Data for Program Improvement: Opportunities for Higher Education

Type: 
Conference Session
Author/Presenter: 

Presented by Cornelia Taylor, Lisa K Backer, and Christina M Kasprzak.

Year: 
2010
Abstract: 

Presented at the 2010 DEC Conference. This panel addressed data-driven program improvement in ECSE and opportunities for researchers in higher education to mine and analyze existing state data. Specific topics included: data quality, state and program level data elements and evaluation questions, analysis, and detecting meaningful differences in population based data.

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